Lea or Lee Valley for the Olympics

Following a plea in The Daily Telegraph letters page for us to agree on a spelling for the Lea/Lee Valley before the Olympics I have joined in the debate.

I have for some time been thinking that we ought to adopt the Lea spelling not only for the river but also the valley. I sometimes use Lea for the valley when talking about the river route rather than just place.

A second letter in the Telegraph today disagrees but it is difficult to hold the line. There have been many variations over the last two centuries so it is not  a matter of being correct. Maybe we need to be consistent. The press now tends to use Lea for both and river and valley.

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