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Thomas Neale: the man who invented Shadwell

THOMAS NEALE was very much a man of the late 1600s. A master of a dozen fields, who could move effortlessly between jobs, he was an MP for 30 years, the Master of the Mint, and set up the first … Continue reading

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The glassmakers of Ratcliff

As you sip from your glass, read by the light of your window or crunch your way across a pavement carpeted with former car windows, you might reflect that glass is cheap, glass is everywhere. But it wasn’t always so. … Continue reading

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Cambridge Heath

The East End has a collection of place names which evoke a rural past, long buried beneath concrete and tarmac: Fairfield Road, the Old Ford and Spitalfields among them. But what and where was Cambridge Heath? Now an unflinchingly urban … Continue reading

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Bromley by Bow’s history

Brambeley, Bromley Saint Leonard and latterly Bromley-by-Bow. The area that hugs the eastern edge of the East End south has had a number of names. But then its unique history among the Tower hamlets has forced a lot of changes … Continue reading

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Silvertown by Melanie McGrath

As author Melanie McGrath candidly admits, the life of her grandmother, Jenny Fulcher, was nothing out of the ordinary. ‘It was the kind of life that could have belonged to a thousand women living in the mid years of the … Continue reading

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An ‘account of the hamlet of Poplar’

An ‘account of the hamlet of Poplar’, appearing in The Universal Magazine of June 1795 painted a picture that’s hard to conjure up from modern visits down the East India Dock Road or around Chrisp Street Market. An unnamed journalist, … Continue reading

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