Monthly Archives: May 2018

Tower Hamlets (Hamlets)

Above: Cary’s map of 1786 with the approximate position of the Tower Hamlets added to it. Notice how open much of the land was at that time. The London Borough of Tower Hamlets was so-named when it was formed in 1965 because … Continue reading

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Stepney Overview

Above: If all you know of Stepney is Whitechapel Road and Mile End Road then there are plenty of splendid houses to be found. Some of the most interesting houses stand beside a road called Stepney Green. The Metropolitan Borough … Continue reading

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St Matthew, St Matthew’s Row, Bethnal Green

Above: The church of St Matthew, standing in its extensive churchyard. Before starting on the history of this church, it might be advisable to describe its position. If you are familiar with Bethnal Green, you may know it because you … Continue reading

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Blind Beggar and His Dog (Statue)

Elizabeth Frink’s bronze statue of the Blind Beggar and His Dog was unveiled in 1957. The statue stands in gardens at Bethnal Green’s Cranbrook Estate, which was Berthold Lubetkin’s last major project before his retirement. The estate has undergone refurbishment within the last … Continue reading

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Blind Beggar Pub, Whitechapel Road

Above: The pub with its beer-garden seen behind some of the market stalls. They always say ‘The Blind Beggar Pub, Bethnal Green’ – which is true – giving the impression that the pub is at the ‘centre’ of Bethnal Green … Continue reading

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Bexley, London Borough of

Above: An outline map of Greater London showing the position of the London Borough of Bexley. The City of London (RED) is surrounded by the 12 Inner London Boroughs (GREEN). Around them are the 20 Outer London Boroughs, making 32 … Continue reading

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Abbey Wood Station Poster

Above: A new poster on Abbey Wood Station to advertise the new Crossrail services. If you can remember back to the days when most people in England took their holidays at the seaside, you may remember the posters that appeared … Continue reading

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