What will I find on this website?

What constitutes the "East End" of London is open to debate (some people include Hackney and Newham) but there's no doubt that the London Borough of Tower Hamlets is the heart of the East End. This site is dedicated to the history of the area.

There are two types of article on this site: histories, where someone reviews the past, and contemporary reports, where a writer from the past describes the area as he saw it. Most of the histories come from something called "The Copartnership Herald", a monthly magazine produced in the 1930's by the Commercial Gas Company in Stepney. Although I'm now adding articles from the East London History Society's East London Record and have added a previously unpublished article by David Flintham.

Where is the London Borough of Tower Hamlets?

The borough sits on the north bank of the River Thames, between the City of London on the west and the River Lea on the east. It has only existed since 1965 when it was formed from the three original Metropolitan Boroughs of Stepney, Bethnal Green and Poplar.

The map below shows its position and the neighbouring boroughs:

London Map

How do I navigate the site?

Easily, we hope. There is a full menu on the Main Page and you can return there at any time by clicking on the Home link which always sits on the left hand side of each page. There are also plenty of submenus on every page and a search engine to help you.