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Historical events and places in London’s East End.

The Sinking of The Princess Alice

A tale of a pleasure trip on the River Thames from London Bridge that turned into a terrible tragedy that shocked the nation. The text is taken from a book passed down to me by my grandfather called: Fifty Great Disasters & Tragedies That Shocked The World. Published in the opening years of the 1930s and a book I read many times as a young child. Fascinated by the stories.

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MacDonald Syer Ltd – 1949 Margate Kent.

My grandfather (left back row) worked for MacDonald Syers for years. They were a lift engineering and electrical business based in Calvin Street, Shoreditch East London.


Here they all are very smartly dressed on a works outing to the seaside. Margate in Kent in June 1949.

Photo taken by Sunbeam Photo Ltd, 82 Sweyn Road,

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Coventry Road Ilford Essex

Here are a couple of images from the house I grew up in. Most of Ilford in Essex was built up around the late 1800s, during the Victorian style of architecture.


I can remember I used to talk to my friend who lived next door through our bedroom walls.

Long before soundproofing and cavity insulation was thought of. Also every house had a lovely tiled front path,

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My Grandfather – Lift Engineer and Electrician.

My grandfather worked for a company based in Calvin Street, Shoreditch, East London. He spent most of his working life as a lift engineer / electrician in London.


Pre and post WW2. Here he is in action, working on machinery that must now be very very old!

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London Police Officers – Old Photos.

I’ve just started to go through my old photo albums and scan in some of the more interesting London images.

What I Know About This Photo.

The chap standing on the left is my grandfather’s step-father. He was one of the founders of the Met Police’s flying squad. A highly trained fast response police driver. I can assume that they have attended a burglary or attempted burglary at A.

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Henry VIII and East London History

If you walk past the BSix Sixth Form College building in Hackney’s Clapton area, you may not notice anything too unusual about the site. But, this was once the site of one of the most impressive Tudor homes in the East End and, at one point in time, it was one of the royal palaces of Henry VIII.


The original building that came to be known as King’s Place and latterly Brooke House,

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East London Food

The East End of London offers some interesting options for local cuisine not found anywhere else in the capital, or in the rest of the UK for that matter. You may have to dig around a little to find some of these once-common traditional delicacies, but, if you want to experience real East End life, this is certainly worth doing!

London’s East End Food

The area is also renowned for other cuisines introduced by immigrants over the years.

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History of Bow Brewery

The East End of London has been home to many major breweries over the years and even to a couple of distinctive types of beers. In the 19th century, the Mann, Crosman and Paulin’s brewery in Whitechapel created a beer that is held to be the daddy of the modern brown ales that are still drunk today.


In Bow, a brewer called George Hodgson and his son created India Pale Ale at the Bow Brewery,

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Poplar Upper North Street School Disaster

When we think about war damage in London, we tend to think about the Second World War. After all, the Blitz in 1940 caused significant damage all over the East End. Many civilians lost their lives, their homes and their places of work in the East End.


This area was a natural target for bombing raids, as it was so close to the docklands areas that were vital to the war effort.

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The Battle of Cable Street – East London

In the 1930s, one narrow East End street, Cable Street, became the location for one of the most famous anti-fascist clashes in England’s history. On the day, local residents fought against the fascist and anti-Semitic principles of Sir Oswald Mosley and his Blackshirt followers.


The Battle of Cable Street has become a celebrated anti-fascist event.

Oswald Mosley and the East End

Oswald Mosley was a politician who switched across the Conservative and Labour parties before setting up the British Union of Fascists in 1932.

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Recent Comments

  • Martin on The History of Beckton Gas WorksHi my name is Martin taylor and I live in the old gas work houses. I have been interested in the gas works if u could send picture's of Windsor
  • peter lobban on History of The East London Cockneyany of us in nottingham jim,im now in essex and there aint none here they like to think they are cockneys but these people aint got a clue i tell
  • Miranda Worby on The History of Beckton Gas WorksA very interesting read! My great-grandfather was a stoker at the gas works for many years, wonderful to get a little insight into it all.
  • Carole Spiller on Second World War Bombing Raid South Hallsville SchoolI went to Hallsville late sixties early seventies and I had forgotten about the green hand. I also remember a lot of people saying about the bodies buried under the
  • Patrick Kerry on History of Canning Town East LondonSo sorry about terrible spelling and punctuation. Had been working all day and I find that, at 67 things get sloppy, especially when using a phone rather than a keyboard
  • Patrick Kerry on History of Canning Town East LondonMy dad reckoned world war 2 was the best thing that ever happened to him and mum. She was from Poplar, he was from Hermit Rd, Canning Town. George and
  • Jean Hyett on History of Canning Town East LondonHi Malcolm. I was born in 98 Hayday Road, Canning Town in 1946 . I remember riding my tricycle around the block, past the bomb site that me and my
  • Tom Wayling on V1 and V2 Rocket Attacks in East LondonMy father's family lived in Ashwell Rd, Bethnal Green. The street, and others around it were wiped out in 1944/5 by either a V1 or V2. He thinks it was
  • Royden Parker on My Grandfather – Lift Engineer and Electrician.Hi Malcolm, just seen the photo of your Grandfather Frank. I was his apprentice for about two years of my apprenticeship. He taught me so much and I remember him
  • Jane on History of Tower Hamlets Cemetery ParkSo glad that I found this! My ancestors were born in Bethnal Green and Mile End Old Town (moved to Canada in 1870) so any history of the East End

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