Category Archives: East End philanthropy

Whitechapel to Sierra Leone

Number 212 Whitechapel High Street is an unremarkable stretch of London street today — though doubtless home to good works as the site of the Methodist Church’s Whitechapel Mission. But two centuries ago, it was one of the linchpins of a … Continue reading

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Toynbee Hall, Baron de Coubertin and the London Olympics

If the young Pierre de Coubertin were to stroll around the London Olympics site today he’d doubtless be amazed, and slightly baffled, as to how the seed of an idea had flowered. He would certainly be impressed at the competition … Continue reading

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Peter Kuenstler at Oxford House

View Peter Kuenstler at Oxford House in a larger map By the time of Peter Kuenstler’s arrival a lot had changed since the pioneering days of the East End settlements. In the 1880s, social reformers such as Samuel Barnett had … Continue reading

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Frederick Charrington

Frederick Charrington had everything going for him. He was young, tall, good-looking and, best of all, he stood to come into millions as heir to one of the great brewing families of the East End. But Fred was no idle … Continue reading

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A Child of the Jago – Arthur Morrison and the Old Nichol

ARTHUR Morrison became famous as a chronicler of the East End. It wasn’t always a picture that went down well with his fellow historians. Many criticised his seminal Children of the Jago, first published in 1896, for sensationalising and dramatising … Continue reading

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Coutts – from Columbia Market to Canary Wharf

When Coutts moved into Canary Wharf Tower recently, the posh people’s bank was simply renewing its aquaintance with the East End of London. For, a century ago, long before the Queen’s bankers had to worry about the size of Fergie’s … Continue reading

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Charles Booth in the East End

The Victorian philanthropists came to their calling by a number of routes. Often it was religious piety that led them to descend into the abyss of the East End, and to help the people there lead ‘better’ lives. The young … Continue reading

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Boundary Estate

It occupies the north-east corner of Tower Hamlets, a Victorian development of grand scale and imposing construction. Extraordinary then that the Boundary Estate was the realisation of the dream of one man – a tireless local vicar, determined to rid … Continue reading

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Hannah Billig – Angel of Cable Street

Hannah Billig – Angel of Cable Street To her neighbours and patients she was the Angel of Cable Street. But the life of Hannah Billig was an extraordinary story that took her from Russia to Calcutta and Israel – while … Continue reading

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Barber Beaumont and the People’s Palace

Barber Beaumount and the People’s Palace by John Rennie Barber Beaumont & People’s Palace This summer, students of Queen Mary and Westfield College will gather at an imposing building on the Mile End Road to collect their degree certificates. What … Continue reading

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