Category Archives: /Tow-Bethnal Green

Regent’s Canal Route

Above: An attractive piece of public art near the towpath of the Regent’s Canal, showing a horse that once pulled narrowboats in the 19th century. Running roughly N–S through the centre of England is the Grand Union Canal. Its main … Continue reading

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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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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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Victoria Park Parish Boundaries

Above: The three parish markers to be seen in Victoria Park. When Victoria Park was laid out, the only boundaries to the land were those of the parishes. Metropolitan Borough boundaries were created later. The park, therefore, was created as … Continue reading

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London Bridge Alcoves in Victoria Park

Above: One of the two alcoves from old London Bridge standing on the grass in Victoria Park. Old London Bridge – the one with the houses on it – was a stone structure crossing the Thames for six hundred years. … Continue reading

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Victoria Park

Above: The attractive lake in Victoria Park. The subject of ‘Parks in London’ would fill several weighty volumes. Some of the larger parks in London – like Hyde Park and Richmond Park – derived from land that was Royal land … Continue reading

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Bethnal Green Station

Above: View looking SW from the westbound platform at Bethnal Green Station. On the left is the pointed building called the Shard of Glass. Further right is a large building with curved sides called 20 Fenchurch Street (nicknamed the ‘Walkie … Continue reading

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Bonner Hall Bridge, Regent’s Canal

Above: Bonner Hall Bridge spanning the Regent’s Canal. The elegant bridge spans the Regent’s Canal and was built between 1842 and 1845 at about the same time Victoria Park was laid out. There is Victorian insignia on the bridge and … Continue reading

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