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Poplar - site of the first air raids

Poplar
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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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
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.
Ailsa Street, E16 Ailsa Street is a road in the E16 postcode 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
Annabel Close, E14 Annabel Close is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal 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
Augusta Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Balladier Walk, E14 Balladier Walk is a road in the E14 postcode area
Balmore Close, E14 Balmore Close 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..
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 Tunnel Northern Approach, E14 Blackwall Tunnel Northern Approach is a road in the E14 postcode area
Blair Street, E14 Blair Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Block A, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
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.
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
Chancellor Psg, E14 Chancellor Psg is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Chilcot Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Chrisp Street, E14 Chrisp Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Cordelia Street, E14 Cordelia Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Cording Street, E14 Cording Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Coriander Avenue, E14 Coriander Avenue is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal 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
Darnaway Place, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Deauville Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Dee Street, E14 Dee Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Dewberry Street, E14 Dewberry Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Dingle Gardens, E14 Dingle Gardens is a road in the E14 postcode area
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
Dormers Court Ind Estate, E14 Dormers Court Ind Estate is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
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
Elizabeth Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Ellesmere Street, E14 Ellesmere Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Epstein Square, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Equinox Square, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Ettrick Street, E14 Ettrick Street is split into two sections.
Farrance Street, E14 Farrance Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
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.
Flat 108, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Flora Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Follett Street, E14 Follett Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Fortrose 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 is a road in the E14 postcode area
Glass Blowers House, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
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.
Grundy Street, E14 Grundy Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
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
Hay Currie Street, E14 Hay Currie Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
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
Joshua Street, E14 Joshua Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Kemps Drive, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Kerbey Street, E14 Kerbey Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Kildare Walk, E14 Kildare Walk is a road in the E14 postcode area
Lanrick Road, E14 Lanrick Road is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Lansbury Gardens, E14 British politician and social reformer who led the Labour Party from 1932 to 1935.
Leven Road, E14 Leven Road is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
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
Lodore Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Mackrow Walk, E14 Mackrow Walk is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Malam Gardens, E14 Malam Gardens is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Market Square, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Market Way, E14 Market Way is a road in the E14 postcode area
Ming Street, E14 Ming Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Morant Street, E14 Morant 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.
Nairn Street, E14 Nairn Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Navis House, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
New Festival Avenue, E14 New Festival Avenue is a road in the E14 postcode area
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.
Oakes Mews, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Oban Street, E14 Oban Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Office 39, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Office 40, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Old School Square, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Oregano Drive, E14 Oregano Drive is a road in the E14 postcode area
Passfield Drive, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
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 one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
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.
Pinefield Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Plimsoll Close, E14 Plimsoll Close is a road in the E14 postcode area
Poplar High Street, E14 Until the late nineteenth century Poplar High Street was the district’s principal street.
Poplar, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
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.
Rigden Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Rosefield Gardens, E14 Rosefield Gardens is a road in the E14 postcode area
Saint Leonards Road, E14 This is a street 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
Simpson’s Road, E14 Simpson’s Road is a road in the E14 postcode area
Smythe Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
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. Frideswides Mews, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
St. Gabriels Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
St. Ives Place, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
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
Susannah Street, E14 Susannah Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
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
Ullin Street, 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.
Valencia Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
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
Woodall Close, E14 Woodall Close is a road in the E14 postcode area
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.
Zetland Street, E14 Zetland Street is a road in the E14 postcode area



 

Poplar

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.

* * *

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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