Category Archives: East End transport

150 years of the Tube

Londoners have always had a love-hate relationship with their Tube. Alfred Leete’s classic 1927 poster ‘The Lure of the Underground’ shows passengers being sucked magnetically from the London street into a Tube entrance (looking suspiciously Paris Metro-like). Leete  was one … Continue reading

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Dock deaths and the Poplar Hospital

THE NAME of the infirmary was tellingly blunt. The ‘Poplar Hospital for Accidents’ suggested that the East End of the 1800s was a dangerous place where bad things happened. And though it would become a refuge for East Enders suffering … Continue reading

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel

The 200th anniversary of the birth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel this week (9 April 2006)* marks one of the real pioneers of British industrial design. A multi-skilled engineer who built tunnels, bridges, steamships, railway trains and railway stations. As well … Continue reading

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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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The Bridges of Bow

London owes its existence to its strategic position as a crossing over the River Thames, and since Roman times the city has grown and flourished as a ford as well as a port. But not all roads to London led … Continue reading

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Bethnal Green Tube Station disaster

In early March 1943 the worst days of the Blitz were two years past. The horror of V1s and V2s yet to come. Yet in this relative calm on the home front, 173 East Enders would lose their lives during … Continue reading

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Prince Charles and Bishopsgate

PRINCE CHARLES’s entry into the debate over Bishopsgate goods yard last week will strike a chord with many Londoners nervously eyeing the encroachment of City office blocks into the East End. The Prince issued an impassioned plea, arguing for the … Continue reading

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The East London Line opens once more

Londoners get used to delays getting to work. Nonetheless, passengers at Wapping must have breathed a sigh of relief last week when the first train for two and a half years rolled in to the station. Even by the slothlike … Continue reading

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