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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, try to visit one of the five best museums in the city, all of which are free to enter.

1. The Natural History Museum

This impressive museum in South Kensington is the place to go to find out all about the natural world.

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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 & 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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Recent Comments

  • Wendy Linge on The History of Beckton Gas WorksThe History of the Gas Light & Coke Company, 1812 to 1949 By Stirling Everard gives an excellent insight into the Gas Works. My father was an apprentice fitter and
  • Paul Short on History of Canning Town East LondonGood morning Charlie, Just a stab in the dark, but was your mum edie who lived at number 36 next to us in 38. I was only young but I
  • Richard Doxford on London’s East End and The BlitzThere was a pub called The Last One Standing near limehouse and I saw a picture in I believe the Grapes late eighties and want to return there but can't
  • Paul Cannon on The History of Beckton Gas WorksHas anyone got any photos of Beckton gasworks and the marshes nearby? I would love to see them as I have a fascination with Beckton.
  • Irene on History of Canning Town East LondonMy name was Irene Bull , lived in Mary Street and then Silveryown Way, loved going to Rathbone market for the sarspirella and Murkoffs icecream. Love looking back to those
  • Charles W M Parker. on London Police Officers – Old Photos.Hello Chris, I come from a long line of London Met. Policemen my paternal great grandfather William Micheal Parker born in York in 1829. He served in “V” division from
  • Charlie Sage on History of Canning Town East LondonHi Alfie I will ring Ivy and get your number and give you a ring.
  • alfred brown on History of Canning Town East LondonBy the way Pat we lived the brown family next door to you at 441 Beckton Rd
  • alfred brown on History of Canning Town East LondonHello pat leach. I remember your family very well Pat Sylvia mick and mum dad, Do you remember who lived above you in Beckton road. Mr rattenberry. my sister dolly
  • Sue on London East End Street NamesMy grandmother lives at 52 park street in the page 1900's and went to gill street school
  • alfred brown on History of Canning Town East Londonreading about charley sage brought back lots of memmories his sister Doreen who sadly passed away as well as her mother edie and there was . Pauline.we were all related
  • Debbie westwood on The East End in the 1950sRemember them both well ... also in Hainault surgery
  • Debbie on The East End in the 1950sHe was also my doctor.and Dr ,depla. Also down in Hainaut where we moved from Burdett rd and they were there too.
  • Charlie Sage on History of Canning Town East LondonHi Pat I’m Charlie Doreen’s brother , sadly Doreen died some years ago. I remember you well and your sister Sylvia , we lived at 451 beckton road and my
  • Alison on Christ Church at Spitalfields HistoryDid you ever see the BBC TV programme about the clearing of the crypt? It would have been made at the time of the work being done. Fascinating!

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