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A street within the E14 postcode
Ada Gardens, E14 Ada Gardens runs north-south linking Blair Street and Dee Street. Ailsa Street, E14 Ailsa Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area. Aste Street, E14 Aste Street is a short street which once connected the western ends of Roffey Street and Judkin Street. Au, E14 A street within the E14 postcode Baffin Way, E14 Baffin Way is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area. Benledi Road, E14 Benledi Road is an ’Italianised; version of a Scottish mountain - Ben Ledi. Bf, E14 A street within the E14 postcode Brion Place, E14 Brion Place is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area. Byron Street, E14 Byron Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area. Canary Wharf, E14 Canary Wharf is a location rather than a road but one which has addresses assigned to it. Castalia Square, E14 Castalia Square was the first part of the post-war St John’s Estate to be opened. Castalia Street, E14 Castalia Street was part of the Millwall Docks Station Estate, built in 1881-2. Cold Harbour, E14 Cold Harbour is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area. Dee Street, E14 Dee Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area. East India Dock Road, E14 East India Dock Road is an important artery connecting the City of London to Essex, and partly serves as the high street of Poplar Fawe Street, E14 Fawe Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area. Findhorn Street, E14 Findhorn Street is one of a series of local roads with a Scottish highlands name. Hickin Street, E14 Hickin Street was built in the 1950s replacing an area devastated during the Blitz. Ida Street, E14 Ida Street 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. Limeharbour, E14 Limeharbour is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area. Naval Row, E14 Naval Row is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area. Newby Place, E14 Newby Place is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area. Nutmeg Lane, E14 Nutmeg Lane is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area. Prestage Way, E14 Prestage Way is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area. Selsdon Way, E14 Selsdon Way is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area. Spey Street, E14 Spey Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area. 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. Wyvis Street, E14 Wyvis Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area. Yabsley Street, E14 Yabsley Street was a rebuilt Russell Street which had existed before the Blackwall Tunnell was built.
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 Au
gust 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.