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Historical events and places in London’s East End.

Free Museums in London

Visit the Top 5 Museums in London

London is one of the most famous cities in the world, and it boasts an impressive range of excellent museums. If you are planning a trip to London in the near future,

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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 &

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MacDonald Syer Ltd – 1949 Margate Kent.

My grandfather (left back row) worked for MacDonald Syers for many 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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,

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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,

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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,

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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.

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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.

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Second World War Bombing Raid South Hallsville School

One of the worst incidents to involve civilians during a Second World War bombing raid took place in South Hallsville School in Agate Street in Canning Town in 1940.

For years,

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Billingsgate Market Brief History

Now located in the East End’s financial capital, Canary Wharf, Billingsgate is one of the capitals’ best known fresh produce markets and its oldest wholesale market. Held to be the leading inland fish market in the country,

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London East End Street Names

Like all of London, the East End is rich in history. Despite modernisation and rebuilding initiatives over the years, you can still find older hidden gems in the area. This isn’t just about historic buildings,

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History of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry

The Whitechapel Bell Foundry is one of the most famous manufacturers of bells in the world. The foundry was located in the heart of the East End, the foundry is also the oldest manufacturing company in Britain,

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London’s East End and The Blitz

During the Second World War, the Germans started a range of strategic bombing missions across Britain. The worst of the bombing raids came to be known as the Blitz. This is an abbreviation of the German word “blitzkrieg”,

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V1 and V2 Rocket Attacks in East London

In the early years of the Second World War, bombing raids tended to use traditional bombs and incendiary devices. These were used to great effect in sustained attacks during the Blitz,

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The East End in the 1950s

The BBC’s Call the Midwife is one of the channel’s most popular shows. Set in the East End of London in the 1950s, this is a heart-warming programme that also gives us an insight into just what life was like in the East End during this period.

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The East End Dwellings Company

Housing has been a historical problem in London’s East End. This was once always a heavily populated area, with workers living there to be close to their jobs on the docks and on industrial sites.

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The Silvertown Explosion of 1917 – WW1 History

One of worst disasters of the First World War in the country happened at Silvertown in West Ham in the East End of London. This was not down to bombing raids or action by the Germans,

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The Thames Tunnel. Connecting East London

The Thames Tunnel, built between 1825 and 1843 was the first underwater tunnel in the world. It spans the Thames between Rotherhithe and Wapping in the East End of London and introduced the UK to the Brunel family.

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The Ragged School Museum

The Ragged School Museum is located in Mile End, close to Mile End Park. The building was originally the largest of London’s free schools for poor children, known as the Copperfield Road Free School.

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East End Gangsters, The Krays

Over the centuries, the East End has always been a bit of a crime hot spot. Its position on the outskirts of the city, its often overcrowded population and its poor and relatively deprived conditions compared to the rest of London often made this one of the least safe areas to visit and live in the capital

East End Gangsters

In crime terms,

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London Olympics, East End Regeneration

The East End of London has seen more changes than most other areas in the city in recent years. Following severe damage during the Second World War, much of the area was rebuilt.

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World War 2 and East London

Local Eastenders will tell you that there were a lot of changes to the area after the Second World War and some parts were probably unrecognisable from the way they looked in pre-war years.

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London’s Execution Dock in Wapping

The Port of London used to be the biggest port in the world; it is still the second largest in the country. The location of the Thames and the river’s sea access has played a major part in the general history of London,

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History of The East London Cockney

Although some foreigners and people living in other places in the UK, assume that all Londoners are cockneys, this isn’t technically 100% true.

The East London Cockney.

You can technically only be a Cockney if you were born in the East End of the city.

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Bethnal Green Tube Disaster of WWII

Bethnal Green tube station is located in the heart of London’s East End. It is the site of one of the worst disasters in the country during the Second World War,

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Recent Comments

  • Wendy Linge on The History of Beckton Gas WorksMy grandparents lived in 74 Winsor Terrace. They lived there from 1915 when they got married. My father was born there in 1916. My father went to Winsor school, then
  • Charles Sage on History of Canning Town East LondonJoe , sorry to hear about mum hope she’s gets well soon , the Bell pub is good for me , see you soon , Charlie.
  • Joe Clarke on History of Canning Town East LondonMy apologies Charlie i found my mother collapsed at home (Bernard's sister) so nursing her back to health. Give me a while and we can arrange something maybe at The
  • Ingrid on History of Poplar East LondonUnfortunately I don't have any info regarding comments. Interesting site. My great aunt's family ran a baker shop from Upper North Street, Poplar. The 1901 the census shows that they
  • chris savory on The East End in the 1950shi jean i was born in st andrews hosp - devons rd in 1950. i did exactly what yoy described what memories eh? COYI.
  • chris savory on V1 and V2 Rocket Attacks in East Londonhi there does anyone have knowledge of a v1 /v2 that hit knapp rd bromley-by-bow?
  • chris savory on East London Foodhi there does anyone remember the p& m shop in bow rd?
  • chris savory on East London, a History of Bowfor john hills. there were pre-fabs in campbell road, just south of bow rd.
  • Charles Sage on History of Canning Town East LondonJoe , where do you live now and we can arrange to meet in a pub near you , looking forward to meeting you. Charlie.
  • Joe Clarke on History of Canning Town East LondonCharlie - yes that sounds like a good idea. Let me know how to conatct you privately. Joe
  • Charles Sage on History of Canning Town East LondonJoe , George died about five years ago with cancer the same as Doreen, he did marry again but perhaps if we could meet up I will fill you in
  • Joe Clarke on History of Canning Town East LondonCharlie - thanks for replying so quickly. Well that is sad he was younger than my mother as well. Any idea when and from what he died? Only Jeanette and
  • Charles Sage on History of Canning Town East LondonHi joe , Small world , you are right and sadly George died a few years ago , George and Doreen along with there three sons Steve, Paul and Chris
  • Andy Wollington on Brick Lane History, East LondonJust seen these posts and brings back memories. My parents ran the Crown and Shuttle, in Shoreditch High Street, in the early 1960's. Remember Brick Lane very well. Used to
  • Joe Clarke on History of Canning Town East LondonSorry Charles not sure if my last post worked. I believe your late sister Doreen is my Auntie. She was married to Bernard French my mother's brother. We know him

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