The map of our East End

This is our main area of interest, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The logic of this is that the site began as a spin-off from my weekly column in East End Life, which is published by Tower Hamlets Council – hence we are covering the area the paper is delivered to each week. The column still appears by the way, so if you find yourself in one of the local libraries (or Idea Stores) pick it up and take a look.
We’re now increasingly spreading beyond the strict boundaries of LBTH, but the East End is and will remain our home turf. I ALWAYS want to hear people’s own stories from the East End, so if you’ve got a tale or something you’d like me to cover, drop me a line at
See you soon at!
John Rennie 7 January 2012

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10 Responses to The map of our East End

  1. admin says:

    HI John
    Just wanted to say thank you for your map of the East End. I have just started researching my father’s history, and having always believed him to have been an orphan born in Aldershot, I was astounded to learn that in fact he was born in Poplar, one of 5 children. I have been scouring the censuses and birth, marriage and death certificates, and have had a hard time trying to discover whether Canning Town was close to Shoreditch, and where Middlesex started and Essex ended, and was Bethnal Green anywhere near the East India Docks. So your map has been enormously helpful for me to make more intelligent guesses about where my family could have originated from, and to try and scoop them all up – thank you.
    Sally Goode

  2. admin says:

    Hi John,
    A geography question that hopefully you may be able to answer: –

    My father was born in 13 Prestage Street, Poplar, in 1904. When I check that address in the 1901 Census, no. 13 is there, unfortunately not occupied by any of my family. There are some 38 other houses in Prestage Street at that time. When I check in the 1911 census, there is only one house left standing, no. 19, occupied by the same family that occupied it in 1901 (which in itself seems unusual, since my researches indicate that people in the East End seemed to be constantly on the move).

    What could have happened to the other 37 houses? I don’t think there was a war or anything going on between 1901 and 1911. Any light you are able to shed would be most appreciated.
    Kind regards,
    Sally Goode

  3. admin says:

    Not sure, but a lot of redevelopment around that time. The Blackwall Tunnel had just been built and there was quite a lot of redev of East India Docks also. As you’ll see from attached googlemap it’s ALL new now (and isn’t even called Prestage Street anymore). Perhaps other readers can throw more light on this?

  4. John Rennie says:

    Many thanks John – I didn’t know about the Blackwall tunnel. It all helps to build the picture!

  5. im trying to find ht houses were like in Shadwellm in 1920s

  6. Julie says:

    Being Brummy born and moved to Australian at 14 yrs I had no idea the sharing of knowledge, the democratisation of his and herstory would show me my ancestors were part of the daily grind and battles in the Tower Hamlets during 17th and 18th century…What I found excited my imagination and now I’m writing all about it!
    London seemed so far away – even my Nan hadn’t been to London in her 90years – and who knew about the English Republic!
    Thanks for being here to guide us on our way.

  7. Carole says:

    What about Canning Town, this is within tower Hamlet and should be considered part of the East End.

  8. Ted Collins says:

    Hi John, Researching my family tree and aasociated area, Can you tell me where in bethnal Green is Pellicic,s cafe if it still exists please. Regards Ted

  9. rico daniels says:

    my mother was the youngest of 13 children born to charles arthur stevens and his wife esther.Unfortunately charles died in 1934 leaving my mother orphaned at the age of 5 . Owing to whole series of bombings during the war every family memento was destroyed but I heard of a possible photo of my grandfather dating to the flooding of east london in 1929.The area of Fen St ,canning town was under water and a photo appeared in the stratford papers of a man pulling a tin bath thru the floodwater with a young boy as passenger. The man was my grandfather and the boy was my uncle Len who is still living. I have exhausted every attempt to obtain a copy of this photo and hope someone will suggest a more promising avenue and allow my surviving aunt and uncle to see an image of their father for the first time since 1940

  10. John Rennie says:

    Hi Ted,
    332 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 0AG and still very much in business. Paste the url below into your browser and it will give you a googlemap:,-0.063436,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x9e5d80938bd1e5ef


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