Suffragette Rosaline McCheyne (2nd from left) with family members . © Anne Padfield desc. of Rosaline McCheyne.

Rosaline McCheyne: the unforgettable, forgotten East End Suffragette

Her activism did not stop there. McCheyne was responsible for the admin work of the ELFS. She would organise pitches for the selling and distributing of the Woman’s Dreadnought (the ELFS’s newspaper) in the hopes of drawing in supporters and members. And this was not as “simple as it might sound” she said in an account of a day in her life. And yet, she could sell “more newspapers than any of the other districts”, from around twenty-eight a week to around a thousand in time.

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Poet Iftikhar Latif outside Hiland Cafe where he holds his poetry slam nights

Iftikhar Latif on swapping his Oxford law degree for East End poetry slams

‘When I first started I was mainly writing about how sad I was. Now I’m also thinking there are also these other things going on, like how I’m British Bangladeshi and how I come from East London but went to a really posh university.’

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Vintage photo of hair by Rosemary and neighbouring shops

New photo exhibition encourages people to discover their high street

‘There has been, rightfully, a lot of focus on supporting local businesses during the pandemic. And I realised that more people were discovering what’s in their local area over lockdown as well as they were exploring their neighbourhoods more now.’

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Piers Gough on Roman Road

Piers Gough CBE: the Bow architect who designed Mile End’s Green Bridge

‘Even though you’re only about seven metres from the ground, you feel like you’re on top of the world. You can see Canary Wharf, you can see the park – there’s a great feeling of ownership of the East End. You think this is where I belong, this is my place’.

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New mural of Clara Grant pays tribute to Bow’s history of social pioneers

‘I picked the inside of the Mary le Bow church because the Bow Bells are the iconic association with this area. And when I started researching historical people that we could include, I wanted to find someone who helped alleviate poverty because that’s what so much of the local history of this area is about.’

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Believed to be Grove Road near the Roman Road junction

Piecing together the lives lost in our area during The Blitz

Later that night, Mr Levene of 82 Lyal Road died of a heart attack at home during the raid. If the heart attack was brought on by the bombardment, he was likely the first person to die as a result of the bombing of Bethnal Green in the Second World War.

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