Category Archives: /–Overviews

Aldgate and Portsoken Overview

Above: Boundary of the two wards – Aldgate and Portsoken – with their old boundaries shown in a RED dotted line. The Google map shows the City of London coloured PINK with a thin RED line indicating the present boundary. … Continue reading

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Tower (Ward) Overview

The Ward of Tower was so-called because it was near the Tower of London. The shape is almost rectangular with the southern side extending into the Thames and the eastern side being defined by the boundary of the City of … Continue reading

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Bermondsey Overview

Above: Looking north in Bermondsey Street at some of the houses from the old village of Bermondsey. Why is there a village called Bermondsey? In general, there are three main reasons for a village coming into existence. The first reason … 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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Bethnal Green Overview

Above: A terrace of elegant houses still standing in Paradise Row, at Bethnal Green. Bethnal Green started as a hamlet of the large parish of St Dunstan. Due to the increase in population in the 18th century – which was … Continue reading

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Stoke Newington Overview

Above: The view looking west in Stoke Newington Church Street. Formed at the turn of the 20th century and combined with Hackney and Shoreditch into the London Borough of Hackney in 1965, the Metropolitan Borough of Stoke Newington defines an … Continue reading

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Shoreditch Overview

Above: The busy crossroads formed of Shoreditch High Street (to the right), Kingsland Road (to the left) and Old Street (where the camera is positioned). This was once the centre of the old village. The parish church of St Leonard … Continue reading

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