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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Sarah Chapman and the unsung working class heroes of the Matchgirls strike campaign

Sam Johnson, 53, went to find the grave of her great-grandmother Sarah Chapman after discovering she was one of the Matchgirls. She was shocked to find that Sarah had been buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave and planned to erect a headstone – only to learn the site is under threat.

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