Category: E14

Public housing in Poplar

The dominance of public housing in Poplar’s built environment is a relatively recent phenomenon. Most of it was built between 1950 and 1980, and by 1981, 97.6 per cent of all dwellings in the Borough of Tower Hamlets (formed in 1965 and including Poplar) were owned by local authorities. Despite the many working-class families in …

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Poplar, Blackwall and Isle of Dogs – Introduction

CHAPTER I – Introduction ’A massive gleaming financial centre surrounded by a shanty town’ was how a local man described the Isle of Dogs in 1986, commenting on the stark contrast that had emerged between the new large-scale office developments on the former dock estate and the public housing which occupied much of the remainder …

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Isle of Dogs (1100-1918)

The Normans are the first recorded settlers. William of Pontefract had an 80-acre estate on the Isle of Dogs (then called Stepney Marsh, later ‘The Island’) in the late 12th century, his lands boasting a chapel and a manor house. And by the mid 14th century the manor and its farms were still intact, with …

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The (Old) Isle of Dogs from A to Z

The Isle of Dogs in London has changed almost beyond recognition in the last 20 years. Mike Lemmerman’s book is an A to Z of many of the disappeared and disappearing Island buildings, roads, firms, schools, churches and more….with all entries accompanied by concise descriptions, and the book as a whole complemented by a collection …

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Isle of Dogs

The Isle of Dogs, locally referred to as the island, is a geographic area made up of Millwall, Cubitt Town, Canary Wharf and parts of Blackwall, Limehouse and Poplar. It is in the East End of London and is bounded on three sides (east, south and west) by one of the largest meanders in the …

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Limehouse – London’s first Chinatown

Like many other immigrants, settling in the East End create myths – China Town in Limehouse was no different The mid-1880s had seen the beginnings of a Chinatown in London, with the establishment of grocery stores, eating houses, meeting places and Chinese street names in the East End. By 1890 two distinct yet small Chinese …

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