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Saddlers Hall Cheapside | WW2 Photos

Images from East London showing the destruction from German bombs during World War Two. Images scanned from a genuine copy of The London Evening news magazine, handed down to me from my grandfather.

Saddler’s Hall – 40 Gutter Lane London

The following account was written just after the War ended. Between Foster Lane and Gutter Lane, and behind Cheapside’s north facade,

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Fore Street Textile Warehouse | WW2 Photos

Images from East London showing the destruction from German bombs during World War Two. Images scanned from a genuine copy of The London Evening news magazine, handed down to me from my grandfather.

Textile Warehouse – Fore Street London

In Fore Street one of the largest wholesale textile warehouses in the City went up in flames between December 29th / 30th,

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Brewers Quay Port of London | WW2 Photos

Images from East London showing the destruction from German bombs during World War Two. Images scanned from a genuine copy of The London Evening news magazine, handed down to me from my grandfather.

Brewers Quay – Tower Stairs

One of the oldest wharves in the Port of London was hit several times in Germany’s earliest attacks on the Port.

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Cannon Street London | WW2 Photos

Images from East London showing the destruction from German bombs during World War Two. Images scanned from a genuine copy of The London Evening news magazine, handed down to me from my grandfather.

Cannon Street and The Blitz

One result of Germany’s fire blitz on the night of December 29th, 1940, when St. Paul’s Cathedral was ringed by fire, and of bomb explosions four months later,

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Manchester Hotel | Aldersgate Street | WW2 Photos

Images from East London showing the destruction from German bombs during World War Two. Images scanned from a genuine copy of The London Evening news magazine, handed down to me from my grandfather.

Manchester Hotel – Aldersgate Street London

The Manchester Hotel, at the corner of Aldersgate Street and Long Lane was attacked by German bombs in December 1940, and gutted by the subsequent fire.

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All Hallows Barking | WW2 Photos

Images from East London showing the destruction from German bombs during World War Two. Images scanned from a genuine copy of The London Evening news magazine, handed down to me from my grandfather.

All Hallows by the Tower – Byward Street

Founded in 675, it is one of the oldest churches in London. Toc H church, All Hallows Barking was blasted by German bombs in December 1940 and three weeks later was completely burned out.

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London City Mission | Bridewell Place | WW2 Photos

Images from East London showing the destruction from German bombs during World War Two. Images scanned from a genuine copy of The London Evening news magazine, handed down to me from my grandfather.

London City Mission – Bridewell Place EC4

When German bombs came to Bridewell Place on December 29th, 1940, two top floors of London City Mission were destroyed.

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Hackney a Brief History

Although Hackney sits in the very heart of the busy East End, we should not forget that this area was once a small rural series of hamlets. It became popular with medieval royals as an area close to London where they could relax and enjoy the outdoor life and over the years Hackney developed into one of the most cosmopolitan parts of London. Rich in history, there are also plenty of things to see and do if you come to E8 for a visit.

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The Hackney Empire History

The Hackney Empire is probably the best known theatre in the East End that is still open for business. This was one of the main music hall theatres to entertain local East Enders in Victorian times and it has seen more than a few past and present well-known names grace its stage during its time.

The building of the Hackney Empire

The theatre was originally constructed in 1901 as a music hall by the famous theatre architect,

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The History of Sutton House Hackney

Although much of the East End has been renovated over the years and the area is seen as being more modern than traditional, you can still find historical buildings in the area that hark back to older times. A visit to Hackney, for example, could include a trip to an authentic Grade II listed Tudor house, Sutton House.

Tudor London – Visiting Sutton House in Hackney

This is considered to be the oldest residential building in the Hackney area and,

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  • Roger Hudson on Henry VIII and East London HistoryWhen I used the Hackney College, Stoke Newington site, library in about 1991 I saw a book entitled "History of Brooke House" or similar. Was this transferred to the Brooke
  • Auntie Mel on The East End in the 1950sI believe Nonnatus House is a fictionalized place based on another--just go to the Call the Midwife website to read all about it.
  • Christina (Tina) on The East End in the 1950sMargaret, we lived in Poplar which I mentioned above, there was only me & my Brother, there were only my mum and my Aunt in her family, but my Dad
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