Bow Church, Bow Road, in the 1920s. By Whilliam Whiffin.It is confidently hoped that this handbook will be found to meet a real want in the Borough of Poplar. Beyond a few records at the Public Libraries, no attempt has ever been made to bring together in one volume a comprehensive survey of the borough or to assemble the information here set out.

While Poplar does not invite comparison in certain directions with London boroughs which possess distinctive characteristics and advantages more or less peculiar to themselves, it nevertheless is not without compensating features, and for a densely populated area its health records are an excellent testimonial to the efficiency of its administration. The enlightened policy also to which the beautifying of its streets with trees is due, and which has manifested itself in outstanding provisions for the health and comfort of its inhabitants, is one worthy of all praise. Some of the problems which the Borough has had to face as an aftermath of the War have been of a more than ordinarily difficult character in consequence of the normal mode of employment of a large section of its population. Experience has been gained in this connection not without value in shaping future policy. London as a whole, it should be remembered, in great measure depends upon the activities and right governance of this important industrial area, a fact which emphasizes the importance of the Borough.

Readers of this handbook who have not yet visited Poplar may do so in the confident expectation of finding much to interest them. The Docks alone, with their numerous vessels from many foreign climes, unloading or loading their cargoes, the cosmopolitan crews, the prevailing scent of cordage peculiar to shipping, amid the all-pervading evidences of a great maritime trade, never fail to fascinate those who but rarely come in contact with this side of commerce. Added to this the Borough has well-marked features which the interested visitor will not be slow to notice.

Grateful thanks are gladly accorded for assistance so kindly given in the compilation of this Guide by the various Borough Authorities, including the former Town Clerk, Mr. C. H. Shillinglaw, the Deputy Town Clerk, Mr. W. E. Nicholls, the M.O.H., Dr. Alexander, and the Borough Librarian. To Mr.W. B. Thorne, of Bromley Library, particular thanks are due for his special help.



Population of the Borough (estimated 1926) 168,500.
Early Closing Day: Thursday. Hairdressers, Monday.


Railway Stations in Borough: L.N.E. Rly., Blackwall to City (Blackwall, Poplar, Millwall Junction,
West India Docks) ; L.M.S. Rly, Poplar to City (Broad Street), (Poplar, South Bromley, Bow, and Old Ford) ; L.M.S., Tilbury Section (Bromley and Devons Road) ; District Rly (to and from City, etc.), Bow Road ; L.N.E. Rly. (Gt. E. Section), Bow Road.


Route. Poplar.
5 Raynes Park and Wanstead (Sat. aft. and Sun.)
5a Raynes Park and Upton Park (weekdays).
15 Acton Vale and East Ham (Sun.)
15a Ladbroke Grove and East Ham (weekdays).
23 Marylebone Station and Rainham (weekdays).
23a Marylebone Station and Dagenham (weekdays).
23f Aldgate and Rainham (Sun.).
40a Wanstead and Camberwell Green (weekdays).
40b Wanstead and West Norwood (daily).
40d Warren Wood House and Camberwell Green (Sat. aft. and Sun.)
92 Barnes and Romford (Sun.)
92e Barnes and Becontree (Sun.).
105a Mitcham and Upton Park (daily).
106 Finsbury Park and Poplar (daily).
108a Poplar and Greenwich (daily).
108d Canal Bridge and Forest Hill (daily).
122 Wormwood Scrubs and Rainham (Sun.).
122a Wormwood Scrubs and Dagenham (Sun.).
122c Poplar and Dagenham (Sun.).
123 Marylebone Station and Romford (weekdays).
123a Aldgate and Becontree.
123d Marylebone Station and Becontree (weekdays).
124 Wormwood Scrubs and Upminster (Sun.).
108 Clapton and Forest Hill (daily).
108b Clapton and Greenwich (daily).
108d Canal Bridge and Forest Hill (daily).
108e Canal Bridge and Greenwich (Sat. and Sun.).
10 Elephant & Castle and Chipping Ongar (Sat. aft. and Sun.).
10a Elephant & Castle and Abridge (daily).
10b Elephant & Castle and Woodford Bridge (daily).
25 Victoria Station and Seven Kings (daily).
26 Victoria Station and Chigwell Row (Sat. aft. & Sun.)
26a Victoria Station and Cranbrook Park (daily).
26b Victoria Station and Barkingside (daily).
96 Putney Common and Loughton (Sat. aft. and Sun.)
96a Putney Common and Wanstead (daily).
100 Elephant & Castle and Epping Town (daily).
100b Elephant & Castle and Loughton (daily).
108d Canal Bridge and Forest Hill (daily).
125 Ebury Bridge and Becontree (daily).
126 Victoria Station and East Ham (weekdays).
196 Putney Common and High Beach (Sun.)
  Old Ford.
8a Willesden and Old Ford (daily).
60 Colindale Avenue and Old Ford (weekdays).
60a Cricklewood Garage and Old Ford (weekdays).
108c Canal Bridge and Clapton (daily).
108d Canal Bridge and Forest Hill (daily).
160 London Bridge and Old Ford (weekdays).


L.C.C. cars from Aldgate via Bow Road, Nos. 61 & 63.
L.C.C. cars from Bloomsbury via East India Deck Road No. 65.
L.C.C. cars from Aldgate via East India Dock Road (to Barking), No. 67.