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Underground station · Poplar · E14 ·
JUNE
5
2013

Poplar - site of the first air raids.

Poplar is a historic, mainly residential area of East London. The district became the Metropolitan Borough of Poplar in 1900 - abolished in 1965 and absorbed into Tower Hamlets. The district centre is Chrisp Street Market. Poplar contains notable examples of public housing including the Lansbury Estate and Balfron Tower.

Although many people associate wartime bombing with The Blitz during World War II, the first airborne terror campaign in Britain took place during the First World War.

Air raids in World War One caused significant damage and took many lives. WWI German raids on Britain caused 1413 deaths and 3409 injuries. Air raids provided an unprecedented means of striking at resources vital to an enemy’s war effort. Many of the novel features of the war in the air between 1914 and 1918—the lighting restrictions and blackouts, the air raid warnings and the improvised shelters—became central aspects of the Second World War less than 30 years later.

The East End of London was one of the most heavily targeted places. Poplar, in particular, was struck badly by some of the air raids during the First World War. Initially these were at night by Zeppelins which bombed the area indiscriminately, leading to the death of innocent civilians.

The first daylight bombing attack on London by a fixed-wing aircraft took place on 13 June 1917. Fourteen German Gotha G bombers led by Squadron Commander Hauptmann Ernst Brandenberg flew over Essex and began dropping their bombs. It was a hot day and the sky was hazy; nevertheless, onlookers in London’s East End were able to see ’a dozen or so big aeroplanes scintillating like so many huge silver dragonflies’. These three-seater bombers were carrying shrapnel bombs which were dropped just before noon. Numerous bombs fell in rapid succession in various districts. In the East End alone 104 people were killed, 154 seriously injured and 269 slightly injured.

The gravest incident that day was a direct hit on a primary school in Poplar. In the Upper North Street School at the time were a girls’ class on the top floor, a boys’ class on the middle floor and an infant class of about 50 students on the ground floor. The bomb fell through the roof into the girls’ class; it then proceeded to fall through the boys’ classroom before finally exploding in the infant class. Eighteen students were killed, of whom sixteen were aged from 4 to 6 years old. The tragedy shocked the British public at the time.

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Poplar DLR station was opened on 21 August 1987, originally with just two platforms, being served only by the Stratford-Island Gardens branch of the DLR. As the DLR was expanded eastwards, the station was extensively remodelled, given two extra platforms and expanded.


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Lived here
   
Added: 16 Feb 2021 13:41 GMT   

Giraud Street
I lived in Giraud St in 1938/1939. I lived with my Mother May Lillian Allen & my brother James Allen (Known as Lenny) My name is Tom Allen and was evacuated to Surrey from Giraud St. I am now 90 years of age.

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Born here
colin Passfield   
Added: 1 Jan 2021 15:28 GMT   

Dora Street, E14
My grandmother was born in 1904 at 34 Dora Street

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Jude Allen   
Added: 29 Jul 2021 07:53 GMT   

Bra top
I jave a jewelled item of clothong worn by a revie girl.
It is red with diamante straps. Inside it jas a label Bermans Revue 16 Orange Street but I cannot find any info online about the revue only that 16 Orange Street used to be a theatre. Does any one know about the revue. I would be intesrested to imagine the wearer of the article and her London life.

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Kathleen   
Added: 28 Jul 2021 09:12 GMT   

Dunloe Avenue, N17
I was born in 1951,my grandparents lived at 5 Dunloe Avenue.I had photos of the coronation decorations in the area for 1953.The houses were rented out by Rowleys,their ’workers yard’ was at the top of Dunloe Avenue.The house was fairly big 3 bedroom with bath and toilet upstairs,and kitchenette downstairs -a fairly big garden.My Grandmother died 1980 and the house was taken back to be rented again

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Kathleen   
Added: 28 Jul 2021 08:59 GMT   

Spigurnell Road, N17
I was born and lived in Spigurnell Road no 32 from 1951.My father George lived in Spigurnell Road from 1930’s.When he died in’76 we moved to number 3 until I got married in 1982 and moved to Edmonton.Spigurnell Road was a great place to live.Number 32 was 2 up 2 down toilet out the back council house in those days

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Lewis   
Added: 27 Jul 2021 20:48 GMT   

Ploy
Allotment

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Added: 27 Jul 2021 14:31 GMT   

correction
Chaucer did not write Pilgrims Progress. His stories were called the Canterbury Tales

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old lady   
Added: 19 Jul 2021 11:58 GMT   

mis information
Cheltenham road was originally
Hall road not Hill rd
original street name printed on house still standing

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Patricia Bridges   
Added: 19 Jul 2021 10:57 GMT   

Lancefield Coachworks
My grandfather Tom Murray worked here

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Lived here
Former Philbeach Gardens Resident   
Added: 14 Jul 2021 00:44 GMT   

Philbeach Gardens Resident (Al Stewart)
Al Stewart, who had huts in the 70s with the sings ’Year of the Cat’ and ’On The Borders’, lived in Philbeach Gdns for a while and referenced Earl’s Court in a couple of his songs.
I lived in Philbeach Gardens from a child until my late teens. For a few years, on one evening in the midst of Summer, you could hear Al Stewart songs ringing out across Philbeach Gardens, particularly from his album ’Time Passages". I don’t think Al was living there at the time but perhaps he came back to see some pals. Or perhaps the broadcasters were just his fans,like me.
Either way, it was a wonderful treat to hear!

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
All Saints’ Church All Saints’ is a church in Newby Place, Poplar.
Canary Wharf Canary Wharf is a large business development on the Isle of Dogs, centred on the old West India Docks.
Museum of London Docklands The Museum of London Docklands, based in an 1802 warehouse, tells the history of London’s River Thames and the growth of the Docklands.
Poplar Baths Poplar Baths is a former public bath house dating from 1933.
Railway Tavern The Railway Tavern was generally known as Charlie Brown’s.
St Matthias Old Church St Matthias Old Church is the modern name given to the Poplar Chapel built by the East India Company in 1654.
Tower Hamlets College Tower Hamlets College is a large further education and a constituent college of New City College.
West India Quay West India Quay is a leisure complex on the Isle of Dogs.

THE STREETS OF POPLAR
Abbott Road, E14 Abbott Road is a road in the E14 postcode area
Aberfeldy Street, E14 Aberfeldy Street runs south from Abbott Road.
Aberfeldy Village, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Accra Close, Accra Close lies within the postcode.
Ada Gardens, E14 Ada Gardens runs north-south linking Blair Street and Dee Street.
Adderley Street, E14 Adderley Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Ailsa Street, E14 Ailsa Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Alton Street, E14 Alton Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Amoy Place, E14 Amoy Place is a road in the E14 postcode area
Andrew Street, E14 Andrew Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Arcadia Street, E14 Arcadia Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Aspen Way, E14 Aspen Way is a road in the E14 postcode area
Athol Square, E14 Athol Square is a road in the E14 postcode area
Balladier Walk, E14 Balladier Walk is a road in the E14 postcode area
Barchester Street, E14 Barchester Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Bartlett Close, E14 Bartlett Close is a road in the E14 postcode area
Benledi Road, E14 Benledi Road is an ’Italianised; version of a Scottish mountain - Ben Ledi.
Benledi Street, E14 Benledi Street is one of the older streets in the district..
Berber Place, E14 Berber Place is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Billingsgate Market, E14 Billingsgate Market is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Birchfield Street, E14 Birchfield Street was once called Drill Place.
Blackwall Trading Estate, E14 Blackwall Trading Estate is a road in the E16 postcode area
Blackwall Tunnel Northern Approach, E14 Blackwall Tunnel Northern Approach is a road in the E14 postcode area
Bowen Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Brabazon Street, E14 Brabazon Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Brion Place, E14 Brion Place is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Bromley Hall Road, E14 Bromley Hall Road is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Broomfield Street, E14 Broomfield Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Brownfield Street, E14 Brownfield Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Brunswick Road, E14 Brunswick Road is a road in the E14 postcode area
Brushwood Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Bygrove Street, E14 Bygrove Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Canton Street, E14 Canton Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Carbis Road, E14 Carbis Road is a road in the E14 postcode area
Carmen Street, E14 Carmen Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Carron Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Carter Square, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Castor Lane, E14 Castor Lane is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Castor Street, E14 Castor Street existed between the 1810s and 1960s.
Celtic Street, E14 Celtic Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Chrisp Street, E14 Chrisp Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Clyde Square, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Cordelia Street, E14 Cordelia Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Cotall Street, E14 Cotall Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Cottage Street, E14 Cottage Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Culloden Street, E14 Culloden Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Dee Street, E14 Dee Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Dewberry Road, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Dewberry Street, E14 Dewberry Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Discovery House, E14 Residential block
Dod Street, E14 Dod Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Dolphin Lane, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Duff Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
East Quay, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Edward Mills Way, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Ellesmere Street, E14 Ellesmere Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Ettrick Street, E14 Ettrick Street is split into two sections.
Fawe Street, E14 Fawe Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Finchs Court Mews, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Finchs Court, E14 Finchs Court is a road in the E14 postcode area
Findhorn Street, E14 Findhorn Street is one of a series of local roads with a Scottish highlands name.
Flora Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Gillender Street, E14 Gillender Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Giraud Street, E14 Giraud Street nowadays is a short road running north from Cordelia Street.
Godalming Road, E14 Godalming Road is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Goodway Gardens, E14 Goodway Gardens is a road in the E14 postcode area
Gough Walk, E14 Gough Walk is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Grosvenor Buildings, E14 Grosvenor Buildings were a late nineteenth century development.
Grundy Street, E14 Grundy Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Guthridge Close, Guthridge Close lies within the postcode.
Hale Street, E14 Hale Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Harbour Way, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Harrow Lane, E14 Harrow Lane is a road in the E14 postcode area
Helen Mackay House, E14 Residential block
Hillary Mews, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Hind Grove, E14 Hind Grove is a road in the E14 postcode area
Hobday Street, E14 Hobday Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Hoover Tower, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Ida Street, E14 Ida Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Irvine Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Jeremiah Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Jonzen Walk, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Kerbey Street, E14 Kerbey Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Keymer Place, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Kildare Walk, E14 Kildare Walk is a road in the E14 postcode area
Langdon House, E14 Residential block
Lanrick Road, E14 Lanrick Road is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Leven Road, E14 Leven Road is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Limehouse Cut, E14 Limehouse Cut is a named path following the canal of the same name.
Lindfield Street, E14 Lindfield Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Lochnagar Street, E14 Lochnagar Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Locksons Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Mackrow Walk, E14 Mackrow Walk is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Madeira Street, E14 Madeira Street is a location in London.
Malam Gardens, E14 Malam Gardens is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Mallory Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Market Square, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Market Way, E14 Market Way is a road in the E14 postcode area
Metropolitan Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Ming Street, E14 Ming Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Morris Road, E14 Morris Road is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Mountague Place, E14 This is a street in the E14 postcode area
Navis House, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
New Village Avenue, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Norbiton Road, E14 Norbiton Road is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Oban Street, E14 Oban Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Pekin Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Pekin Street, E14 Pekin Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Pelling Street, E14 Pelling Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Pennyfields, E14 Pennyfields is the western extension of Poplar High Street.
Pigott Street, E14 When the Lansbury Estate was built, Pigott Street was the final part of the plan, hosting a block of flats from 1982.
Poplar High Street, E14 Until the late nineteenth century Poplar High Street was the district’s principal street.
Portree Street, E14 Portree Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Prestons Road, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Ricardo Street, E14 Ricardo Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Rifle Street, E14 Rifle Street dates from the early 1870s.
Rigden Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Rosefield Gardens, E14 Rosefield Gardens is a road in the E14 postcode area
Saltwell Street, E14 Saltwell Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Saracen Street, E14 Saracen Street was a new street formed when the Lansbury Estate was built.
Scott Russell Place, E14 Scott Russell Place is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Shirbutt Street, E14 Shirbutt Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Southill Street, E14 Southill Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Spey Street, E14 Spey Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
St Annes Row, E14 St Annes Row is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
St Gabriel Close, E14 St Gabriel Close lies off Morris Road.
St Leonards Road, E14 St Leonards Road is a location in London.
St. Leonards Road, E14 St Leonard’s Road was once the only road through a rural Poplar - called Bow Lane and before that Poplar Lane.
Stainsby Road, E14 Stainsby Road is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Stoneyard Lane, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Sturry Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Tapley Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Teviot Street, E14 Teviot Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
The Arcade, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Upper North Street, E14 Upper North Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Venue Street, E14 Venue Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Wades Place, E14 Wades Place is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Warner Terrace, E14 Warner Terrace is a road in the E14 postcode area
Wellspring Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
West India Dock Road, E14 West India Dock Road is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Westcott House, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
William Murdoch Road, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Williamsburg Plaza, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Willis Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Woodstock Terrace, E14 Woodstock Terrace is a road in the E14 postcode area
Wooster Gardens, E14 Wooster Gardens runs from Dee Street to Blair Street.
Wyvis Street, E14 Wyvis Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.




LOCAL PHOTOS
Poplar, 1910.
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Poplar Baths (2005)
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Poplar Dock
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1 Cabot Square
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East India Road, Poplar
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Pennyfields, Poplar (around 1900)
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Lochnagar Street, Poplar
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Poplar, 1910.
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Poplar Baths (2005)
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1 Cabot Square
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East India Road, Poplar
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Pennyfields, Poplar (around 1900)
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A line of Vauxhall cars in front of an old masonry warehouse awaiting export shipment at West India Dock on 12 June 1935.
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