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East London Record and Newsletter

The East London History Society published 19 issues of the ‘East London Record’ between 1978 and 1998. It was then replaced by a regular Newsletter to members.

Most issues of ELHS Record and Newsletter are now available online as searchable PDFs together with an index (also searchable) of articles.

See the bottom of this page for links to each issue of the Record, and the Newsletter Series 1 to 4.

Payment for books and PDFs may be sent directly using Paypal account 'mail@eastlondonhistory.org.uk'.

Books - Current

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New Publication.

  THE STREETS OF LONDON - THE BOOTH NOTEBOOKS - EAST

A Victorian businessman with an interest in social policy set out to discover London's poor. Charles Booth's researchers walked every street in London in the company of the local constabulary, noting what they saw and categorising according to social class and character. From the 'vicious and semi-criminal' to the 'very wealthy', Booth's London is full of surprises, providing a snapshot of the capital at the end of the 19th century.

EAST. Following 20 years after the South East volume, this book presents the distinctive and diverse East London of the 1890s from the original research notebooks in the Booth Archive. Together with the 'maps descriptive of London poverty' and a comprehensive street index these walks provide a guide of unsurpassed detail.

LONDON'S SAILORTOWN, 1600 - 1800. A SOCIAL HISTORY OF SHADWELL AND RATCLIFF AN EARLY-MODERN LONDON RIVERSIDE SUBURB by DEREK MORRIS AND KEN COZENS.
Preface by Professor Jerry White, Birkbeck College, University of London
WHITECHAPEL, 1600 - 1800. A SOCIAL HISTORY OF AN EARLY-MODERN LONDON INNER SUBURB by DEREK MORRIS.

For a glowing review of this, and other books in the series, please click Here.

BOROUGH OVER THE BORDER - life in West Ham 1895 - 1915, by Pat Francis. (Click here to view cover)

'this book should be in the hands of anyone going to work in the present day London Borough of Newham'. 'a marvellously vibrant yet detailed accound of the formative years of this part of London'. 'It is a wonderfully vivid and colourful account'.
Essex Journal, Spring 2008

THE POPLARS, by RON WILCOX.
A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF VICTORIA PARK LONDON E3.
Until Covid-19 restrictions are lifted we will be unable to access any copies. We can, however, supply a downloadable PDF for £5. Please email us for details.

Books - now out of print

THE BETHNAL GREEN TUBE SHELTER DISASTER OF 1943 by Sean Dettman
Produced in aid of The Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust.
WAPPING, 1600-1800. A SOCIAL HISTORY OF AN EARLY-MODERN LONDON MARITIME SUBURB by DEREK MORRIS and KEN COZENS . Available as a PDF download for £6 - email us for details.
MILE END OLD TOWN, 1740-1780 A SOCIAL HISTORY OF AN EARLY-MODERN LONDON SUBURB by DEREK MORRIS. Available as a PDF download for £6 - email us for details.
THE EAST END I KNEW, by ALLAN YOUNG.

ELHS Members' Publications

Any ELHS member who has published a book that would be of interest to other members is requested to contact the Society with details to be included on this page.

The Shoreditch Tales
Author Carolyn Clark and Linda Wilkinson

The Shoreditch Tales gives the history of Shoreditch, Hoxton and Haggerston from the earliest times to the recent past..

The Lower Clapton Tales
Author Carolyn Clark

The Lower Clapton Tales is a story of people and place. It gives a fascinating insight into life in and around Lower Clapton in the 20th century, as told by people born and bred there or living in the area for a long time.

Columbia Road - A strange kind of paradise
Author Linda Wilkinson

An unrivalled and unsentimental insight into the history of the street and the people who make it what it is.

Watercress But No Sandwiches - 300 years of the Columbia Road area
Author Linda Wilkinson
ISBN 978-0-9573294-0-9

“An important and beautifully written and illustrated record of an East End area and it’s people, it is at times funny and moving, but never self indulgent.”

Winner of the Raymond Williams Prize, this book has now been reissued in its original award winning format. £10.00 available from lindawilkinson.org

STEPNEY: PROFILE OF A LONDON BOROUGH FROM THE OUTBREAK OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR TO THE FESTIVAL OF BRITAIN, 1914-1951
Author Samantha L. Bird
CSP (Cambridge Scholars Publishing)
ISBN (10): 1-4438-2582-4 ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-2582-5
A discount is available to ELHS members (please email for details)
CLARA COLLET, 1860-1948: AN EDUCATED WORKING WOMAN
Author Deborah McDonald
Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group)
ISBN 0-7130-0241-7
THE PRINCE, HIS TUTOR AND THE RIPPER
Author Deborah McDonald
Published by McFarland Publishing Group
ISBN 978-0-7864-3018-5
WALKS THROUGH HISTORY - EXPLORING THE EAST END
Author Rosemary Taylor
Publisher Breedon Books Publishing
ISBN1 85983 270 9
Price £9.99
(Available at most bookshops including The Museum of London bookshop at the Barbican)
A CENTURY OF THE EAST END
Authors Rosemary Taylor and Christopher Lloyd
Published by Suttons exclusively for Marks and Spencers plc
ISBN 0-7509-4081-6
Price £10
(Check at Marks and Spencers Stores or their website www.marksandspencer.com)
THE EAST END AT WORK
Authors Rosemary Taylor and Christopher Lloyd
ISBN 0-7509-2006-8
Price £9.99
(Available at Bancroft Library, East of London Family History bookshop, etc)

Publications by Jennifer Worth

SHADOWS OF THE WORKHOUSE
Publisher Merton Books
CALL THE MIDWIFE
Publisher Merton Books

Other East London Books

WHERE THERE'S A WILL, THERE'S A WAY. THE REMARKABLE LIFE STORY OF WILL CROOKS.
Author: Jim Crooks (http://www.jimsbooksite.com/)
ISBN-13 978-1470162351
Price £8.99
(Available from Amazon.co.uk)

East London Record

ELHS Newsletter

Newsletter history

We were founded in 1952 as the East London History Group and renamed East London History Society in 1969. The earliest Newsletter recorded is 1962 – East London History Group Bulletin 1 September 1962 (the text implies it is something new). Bulletin 3 appeared in June 1964.

There is then an apparent a gap until the publication of another East London History Group Bulletin 1 in October 1966. This East London History Group Bulletin carried on to issue 14 dated September 1970.*

It was then renamed East London History Society Bulletin for issue 15, December 1970 and continued to East London History Society Bulletin 35 (January 1976) when it ceased due to lack of contributions. It restarted as ELHS Bulletin for Members from Winter 1978 to Christmas 1991 (we have recorded 28 issues but we can’t be certain that we are not missing some as they are not numbered). After a member commented that he couldn’t tell if he was missing any copies the current system of twenty numbered issues per volume was commenced in 1992. Volume 1, Spring 1992 to Spring 2001: Volume 2, Summer 2001 to Spring 2008: Volume 3, Autumn 2008 to Winter 2014/15: Volume 4, Summer 2015 to date.

* Note East London History Group name still appears on the cover for issues 12a 13 and 14 even though the Society’s name had been changed to East London History Society.

If you have any East London History Group ephemera dated before September 1962, we would very much like to hear from you.

Newsletters from the 1960s.

 

Newsletters from the 1970s.

 

Newsletters from the 1980s.

 

Newsletters from the 1990s.