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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Statue of Sir John Cass, Jewry Street, Aldgate

William Gladstone and Sir John Cass: statues with links to slavery

His blood red hands have been a symbol for the oppression of the working class for as long as local people can remember. And the statue itself represents a man who is under scrutiny by activists and local government for his record upholding the slave trade. Should the statue’s removal be the symbolic next step in the fight against oppression in all forms?

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Etching of Daniel Mendoza

“Mendoza the Jew”: the boxing pioneer who fought antisemitism one jab at a time

Inside the ring, his innovative techniques raised the sport from primitive punch-throwing to a strategic artform, while outside it, his visibility offered a rare account of positive representation of Jewishness. Empowered by his example, boxing became popular among the Jewish youth, making it harder to stereotype them as defenceless and weak.

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First doodlebug was dropped on Grove Road © Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archive

World War II’s first doodlebug was dropped on Grove Road

The first V-1 flying bomb, or doodlebug, landed on Grove Road, decimating the railway bridge and killing six people. 30 people were injured and 200 were made homeless. Here’s how it happened.

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The Kray twins with Johnny Squibb © Louise Potts

Book Review: ‘Krays: The Final Word’ by James Morton

‘This boy has been beaten by beasts’ are the first words in Krays: the Final Word, spoken by a Thames Court magistrate investigating the assault on a boy called Roy Harvey who was allegedly beaten with chains by the Kray Twins and their friend Patrick Aucott in Mare Street, Hackney.

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A coal barge passing under Bonner Bridge on Regents Canal, 1907

Along the towpath: 200 years of life on Regent’s Canal

Regent’s Canal is an ever-present part of our lives. We jog beside it, we walk over it to get to Bethnal Green. We live in flats overlooking it and perhaps even live on it. But over its 200-year existence, the canal has also quietly helped shape the very area we live in, from its past lives first as the ‘M25’ of in the Industrial Revolution, to its last hurrah in the war efforts.

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