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Bethnal Green

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Bethnal Green - a happy corner

Bethnal Green is located 3.3 miles northeast of Charing Cross, It was historically an agrarian hamlet in the ancient parish of Stepney, Middlesex.

The name Blithehale or Blythenhale, the earliest form of Bethnal Green, is derived from the Anglo-Saxon healh ('angle, nook, or corner') and blithe ('happy, blithe').

Following population increases caused by the expansion of London during the 18th century, it was split off as the parish of Bethnal Green in 1743, becoming part of the Metropolis in 1855 and the County of London in 1889. The parish became the Metropolitan Borough of Bethnal Green in 1900 and the population peaked in 1901, entering a period of steady decline which lasted until 1981. Bethnal Green has formed part of Greater London since 1965.

The economic history of Bethnal Green is characterised by a shift away from agricultural provision for the City of London to market gardening, weaving and light industry, which has now all but disappeared.

By about 1860 Bethnal Green was mainly full of tumbledown old buildings with many families living in each house. By the end of the century, Bethnal Green was one of the poorest slums in London. Jack the Ripper operated at the western end of Bethnal Green and in neighbouring Whitechapel. In 1900, the Old Nichol Street Rookery was demolished, and the Boundary Estate opened on the site near the boundary with Shoreditch. This was the world's first council housing. The quality of the built environment was radically reformed by the aerial bombardment of World War II and the subsequent social housing developments.

Bethnal Green has a tube station on the Central Line of the London Underground. The station was opened as part of the long planned Central Line eastern extension on 4 December 1946; before that it was used as an air-raid shelter. On 3 March 1943, 173 people were killed in a crush while attempting to enter the shelter.

The station is an example of the New Works Programme 1935 - 1940 style adopted by London Transport for its new tube stations. Extensive use is made of pale yellow tiling, originally manufactured by Poole Pottery. The finishes include relief tiles, showing symbols of London and the area served by the London Passenger Transport Board, designed by Harold Stabler. The station entrances, all in the form of subway access staircases to the subterranean ticket hall, all show the design influences of Charles Holden, the consulting architect for London Transport at this time.



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Bethnal Green tube station southwestern entrance

Bethnal Green tube station southwestern entrance
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THE STREETS OF BETHNAL GREEN
Ainsley Street, E2 Ainsley Street is a road in the E2 postcode area
Bethnal Green Estate, E2 Bethnal Green Estate is a road in the E2 postcode area
Bethnal Green Road, E2 Bethnal Green Road is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Blythe Street, E2 Blythe Street is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Brierly Gardens, E2 Brierly Gardens is a road in the E2 postcode area
Buckfast Street, E2 Buckfast Street is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Bullards Place, E2 Bullards Place is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Cambridge Crescent, E2 Cambridge Crescent is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Canrobert Street, E2 Canrobert Street is a road in the E2 postcode area
Centre Street, E2 Centre Street is a road in the E2 postcode area
Claredale Street, E2 Claredale Street is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Coate Street, E2 Coate Street is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Colts Lagreenheath Business Centre, E2 Colts Lagreenheath Business Centre is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Corfield Street, E2 Corfield Street runs along the route of the former Camden Gardens.
Cornwall Avenue, E2 Cornwall Avenue is a road in the E2 postcode area
Crown Works, E2 Crown Works is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Cyprus Street, E2 Cyprus Street is a road in the E2 postcode area
Delta Street, E2 Delta Street is a road in the E2 postcode area
Derbyshire Street, E2 Derbyshire Street is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Digby Street, E2 Digby Street is a road in the E2 postcode area
Dinmont Street, E2 Dinmont Street is a road in the E2 postcode area
Estate Road, E2 Estate Road is a road in the E2 postcode area
Florida Street, E2 Florida Street is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Gales Gardens, E2 Gales Gardens is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Gawber Street, E2 Gawber Street is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Glass Street, E2 Glass Street is a road in the E2 postcode area
Globe Road, E2 Globe Road is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Goldman Close, E2 Goldman Close is a road in the E2 postcode area
Gosset Street, E2 Gosset Street is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Granby Street, E2 Granby Street is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Greenheath Business Centre, E2 Greenheath Business Centre is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Hague Street, E2 Hague Street is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Hereford Street, E2 Hereford Street is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Hollybush Place, E2 Hollybush Place is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Ivimey Street, E2 Ivimey Street is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Jersey Street, E2 Jersey Street is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Kelsey Street, E2 Kelsey Street is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Mace Street, E2 Mace Street is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Mansford Street, E2 Mansford Street is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Mape Street, E2 Mape Street is a road in the E2 postcode area
Maple Street, E2 Maple Street is a road in the E2 postcode area
Menotti Street, E2 This is a street in the E2 postcode area
Minerva Street, E2 This is a street in the E2 postcode area
Morpeth Street, E2 Morpeth Street is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Old Bethnal Green Road, E2 Old Bethnal Green Road is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Old Ford Road, E2 Old Ford Road is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Palmers Road, E2 Palmers Road is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Paradise Row, E2 Paradise Row is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Pollard Row, E2 Pollard Row runs north from Florida Street in Bethnal Green.
Pollard Street, E2 Pollard Street is a road in the E2 postcode area
Pott Street, E2 Pott Street is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Quilter Street, E2 Quilter Street is a road in the E2 postcode area
Ramsey Street, E2 Ramsey Street is a road in the E2 postcode area
Roberta Street, E2 Roberta Street is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Roger Dowley Close, E2 Roger Dowley Close is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Royston Street, E2 Royston Street is a road in the E2 postcode area
Rushmead, E2 Rushmead is a road in the E2 postcode area
Sale Street, E2 Sale Street is a road in the E2 postcode area
Satchwell Rents, E2 Satchwell Rents owes its origins to a set of buildings dating from 1689.
Satchwell Road, E2 Satchwell Road dates from the 1950s.
Sceptre Road, E2 Sceptre Road is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Smart Street, E2 Smart Street is a road in the E2 postcode area
Squirries Street, E2 Squirries Street is a road in the E2 postcode area
St Matthews Row, E2 St Matthews Row is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Teesdale Yard, E2 Teesdale Yard is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Temple Street, E2 Temple Street is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Temple Yard, E2 Temple Yard is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Treadway Street, E2 Treadway Street is a road in the E2 postcode area
Turin Street, E2 Turin Street was originally known as ’Hope Town’.
Union Walk Railway Arches, E2 Union Walk Railway Arches is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Usk Street, E2 Usk Street is a road in the E2 postcode area
Vallance Road, E2 Vallance Road is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Viaduct Place, E2 Viaduct Place is a road in the E2 postcode area
Viaduct Street, E2 Viaduct Street is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Victoria Park Square, E2 Victoria Park Square is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Voss Street, E2 Voss Street is a road in the E2 postcode area
Walter Street, E2 Walter Street is a road in the E2 postcode area
Warley Street, RM14 Warley Street is a road in the RM14 postcode area
Wear Place, E2 Wear Place is a road in the E2 postcode area
Wellington Row, E2 Wellington Row is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Welwyn Street, E2 Welwyn Street is a road in the E2 postcode area
Wilmot Street, E2 Wilmot Street is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Winkley Street, E2 Winkley Street is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Witan Street, E2 Witan Street is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Wood Close, E2 Wood Close is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.


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