Category Archives: East End policing

1912 – a year of strikes in the East End of London

Coal strikes, docks lying idle, garment workers walking out in their thousands … why was 1912 such a particularly bitter year for labour disputes? In truth, the battles between labour and capital of a century ago had been coming for … Continue reading

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Fleet Street moves to the East End

The second half of the 19th century was a great age for the press, as taxes on publications and newsprint were removed, new printing techniques made big print runs possible, and pioneering editors such as the pacificist WT Stead reinvented … Continue reading

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The Brick Lane bombing

THE targeting of Brick Lane may have a twisted logic for Saturday’s bombers. If there’s one area that has shown the ability of Londoners to welcome and absorb incoming cultures it’s Spitalfields, as wave after wave of immigrants have settled … Continue reading

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The Blue Lamp: East End police

David Swinden joined the Metropolitan Police in 1958. ‘When I joined as a constable in Stratford, all unmarried officers lived in the police section houses. There was a real sense of family that for better or worse is disappearing now,’ … Continue reading

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