Category Archives: East End industries

Brunel and the Great Eastern

Tens of thousands of people flocked to the Isle of Dogs to see the biggest ship in the world being built. She was the pride of Britain until, just before completion in the 1850s things began to go horribly wrong. … Continue reading

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Bow Pottery

Wedgewood, Meissen, Delft – all are world famous names in the world of pottery. But 250 years ago it was Bow pottery that was drawing the eyes of the world, and all thanks to a young Irish painter who settled … Continue reading

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Dollond & Aitchison in Spitalfields

Today their name is famous as half of one of Britain’s biggest firms of opticians. But centuries ago, Spitalfields family the Dollonds were famed for their precision optical pieces, counted Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington as personal customers, … Continue reading

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Whitechapel Bell Foundry and 9/11

Whitechapel Bell Foundry and 911 by John Rennie Whitechapel Bell Foundry and 9/11 A year on, people will this week mark the terrible events of September 11 – in services in New York, the US and across the world, people … Continue reading

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Three Mills and the River Lea

People often argue about where the East End of London stops and east London starts. But to most East Enders the division is clear. The River Lee forms the eastern boundary of Bow, and Tower Hamlets too. To the west … Continue reading

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