Blackshirt newspaper coverage of the Mile End Pogrom. Source: Wiki Commons

Mile End Pogrom: the violent aftermath of the Battle of Cable Street

The Battle of Cable Street is remembered still to this day as a striking mobilisation against the rise of fascism in the years leading up to World War II; a turbulent day in which barricades were raised, bottles and bricks were thrown, and the fascists were defeated.

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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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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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