Beyond the Tower: A History of East London by John Marriott

By John Marriott

From Jewish garments retailers to Bangladeshi curry homes, old docks to the 2012 Olympics, the world east of town has continually performed a very important position in London's background. The East finish, because it has been recognized, was once the house to Shakespeare's first theater and to the early stirrings of a mass exertions move; it has additionally usually been visible as a spot of darkness and melancholy, the place Jack the Ripper devoted his grotesque murders, and cholera and poverty stalked the Victorian streets.In this superbly illustrated historical past of this iconic district, John Marriott attracts on twenty-five years of study into the topic to provide an authoritative and perpetually attention-grabbing account. by way of copious maps, archive prints and images, and the phrases of East Londoners from seventeenth-century silk weavers to Cockneys through the Blitz, he explores the connection among the East finish and the remainder of London, and demanding situations a number of the myths that encompass the world.

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After a protracted dispute with the Company over ownership a compromise was reached. 53 The impact of the yard on local communities was considerable. 55 In addition, the Company saw itself as a generous local benefactor. ‘[A]re not many poore Widdowes, Wiues, and Children of Black-wall, Lime-house, Ratcliffe, Shadwell and Wapping,’ inquired Mun, often relieved by the East India Company, with whole Hogsheads of good Beefe and Porke, Bisket, and doales of money? indd 26 25/07/11 3:19 PM t h e pa r i s h o f s t e p n e y t o 1 7 0 0 27 their children set on work to pick Okam, with other labours fitting their age and capacitie?

64 Much of the housing, however, occupied as it was by those on the lowest rungs of the maritime hierarchy and those employed in the various associated trades, was little better than slum properties found in other parts of the capital. indd 28 25/07/11 3:19 PM t h e pa r i s h o f s t e p n e y t o 1 7 0 0 29 London while expressing the prevailing sense of unease about the spread of such properties: From this precinct of S. 65 We know little of the plebeian culture of Stepney. It was overwhelmingly oral, that is, it was passed on by word of mouth rather than by written testimony, and so no written evidence provides us with direct access; instead we have to rely on folk tales and the information contained within official accounts such as police and court reports, poor law records, the writings of contemporary middle-class observers, and newspaper accounts.

Barred from entering the City by the authority of the various livery companies, they exercised their ‘illicit’ trades in the immediate vicinity of the City walls. 23 They flouted the rules governing indenture by taking an ‘abundance of Apprentices’ who rarely served their full term, as a result of which ‘few became sufficient Workmen’. indd 16 25/07/11 3:19 PM t h e pa r i s h o f s t e p n e y t o 1 7 0 0 17 insufficient Wares; and deceits were practised by them, having none appointed to oversee them and their Works’.

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