Pearly Kings and Queens of Blackheath and Grove Park

The real history of the Pearly Kings and Queens

The Pearly Kings and Queens are a famous symbol of cockney culture and the second oldest charity in London, but what’s the real story behind the Pearl monarchy? How are they still spreading the original Pearly message? And how much do the suits really weigh?

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Mile End Old Town sign on Roman Road

Where do we live? A guide to neighbourhood boundaries and nomenclature

The labels of our local neighbourhoods evolved from an amalgamation of ancient geographic features, thousand-year old parishes, and newer council administrations, meaning that the boundaries and nomenclatures of these areas have continuously shifted over time.

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Ba'al Shem of London's grave © Social Streets

Ba’al Shem of London’s grave in Mile End’s Alderney Road Cemetery

Behind an anonymous brick wall in Alderney Road off of Mile End Road lies the oldest Ashkenazi cemetery in the U.K. Founded in 1696 and closed in 1852, the cemetery marks the establishment of the Ashkenazi community, now the largest Jewish ethnic group in the U.K.

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