Cable Street, E1

Road in/near Stepney, existing between the 17th century and now

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Cable Street started as a straight path along which hemp ropes were twisted into ships’ cables.

Cable Street originally ran straight for the length of an average ship’s cable, allowing people to lay out the ropes as they made them. However the Cable Street name has absorbed many other streets so it is now much longer. The name first appears on the 1750s Rocque maps but dates from well before this.

Cable Street starts near the edge of the City of London financial district and continues on through to Shadwell and thence to Stepney, finally to the junction between Cable Street and Butcher Row in Limehouse.

It was known by many names in its past - the Cable Street was the westernmost of the streets and existed since the beginning. The next section east was Knock Fergus, followed by New Road, Back Lane, Bluegate Field, Sun Tavern Fields and Brook Street.

The street runs parallel to (and south of) the Docklands Light Railway and Commercial Road, and is parallel but north of The Highway.

From Victorian times until the 1950s, Cable Street had a reputation for cheap lodgings, brothels, drinking inns and opium dens.

A notable piece of London trivia involves Cable Street marking the final occasion when a stake was hammered into a sinner’s heart at an official burial. This took place at the junction of Cable Street and Cannon Street Road.

John Williams had been found hanged in his cell, after being arrested as a suspect in the Ratcliff Highway murders. Local people claimed that he had committed suicide, from guilt. In 1812, suicide was considered to be sinful, and justified his burial upside down with a stake through his heart. John Williams's skull was found when new gas mains were being laid in August 1886, and was on display for many years in The Crown and Dolphin pub, opposite.

On 4 October 1936 a violent confrontation between the police and local communities on the street was later named the ’Battle of Cable Street’.

Neighbouring streets


West of Cable Street


Royal Mint Street - formerly Rosemary Lane (name changed in 1830)

North of Cable Street starting from the west


Leman Street - formerly White Lion Street, leading to Leman Street, (name changed in 1830)
Mill Yard
Back Church Lane
Pinchin Street - formerly Thomas Street (name changed in 1862). Historically noteworthy for its curve and arches, showing where the branch of the railway used to run, towards the goods yard to the north west.
Stute Street
Christian Street - the barricade created during the Battle of Cable Street was near this street’s junction with Cable Street
Golding Street - formerly Low Grove Street (name changed in 1862)
Cannon Street Road
Watney Market - formerly Watney Street (name changed in 1862)
Watney Street - formerly Charles Street (name changed in 1862)
Cornwall Street - formerly Upper Cornwall Street (name changed in 1862)
Shadwell Gardens
Shadwell Place - formerly Lower Cornwall Street and Sun Court (name changed in 1862)
Sutton Street - formerly Church Road (name changed in 1862)
Martineau Street
Johnson Street
Poonah Street
Hardinge Street
Hardinge Lane
Devonport Street
Barnardo Street - formerly James Place (name changed in 1862)
Stepney Causeway
Pitsea Street - formerly Dorset Street (name changed in 1862)
Caroline Street
Ratcliffe Cross Street - formerly Ratcliffe Square and Periwinkle Street (name changed in 1862)
Boulcott Street - formerly George Street (name changed in 1862)
Commercial Road - major radial route into Aldgate - runs parallel to Cable Street

East of Cable Street


Butcher Row - formerly Butcher Row and White Horse Street (name changed in 1862)
Narrow Street

South of Cable Street, starting from the west


Dock Street - already existed as Dock Street in 1830
Ensign Street - formerly Well Street (name changed in 1862)
Graces Alley - between Ensign Street and Wellclose Square - home to Wilton’s Music Hall
Fletcher Street - formerly Shorter Street (name changed in 1830 and 1862)
Wellclose Square - already existed as Wellclose Square in 1830 and 1862
Hindmarsh Close
Swedenbourg Gardens
Betts Street - formerly connected Cable Street to The Highway (name changed in 1862)
Crowder Street - formerly Denmark Street (name changed in 1862)
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Hawksmoor Mews
Bluegate Mews - formerly St George’s Place (name changed in 1830)
Library Place - formerly Prospect Place (name changed in 1862)
Angel Court - in 1862, Angel Gardens was where Bewley Street is now.
Dellow Street
Bewley Street - formerly Albert Street (name changed in 1862)
Sage Street
Lowood Street
Solander Gardens
Twine Court
King David Lane
Juniper Street - formerly Juniper Row (name changed in 1862)
Tarbert Walk
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Redcastle Close - formerly Carriage Way (name changed in 1862)
Glamis Place
Brodlove Lane - formerly Love Lane (name changed in 1862)
Elf Row - formerly Elm Row (name changed in 1862)
Glasshouse Fields - formerly Glasshouse Street (name changed in 1862)
Schoolhouse Lane
Heckford Street - formerly Burlington Place (name changed in 1862); no longer connected to Cable Street
Cranford Street - formerly Harris Court (name changed in 1862)
Bere Street - formerly connected through to Butcher Row (name changed in 1862)
Ratcliffe Orchard - formerly The Orchard (name changed in 1862)
The Highway - formerly Ratcliff Highway.
Then St George’s Street, High Street (Shadwell), Cock Hill and Broad Street (name changed in 1862)




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Lloyd & Sons, Tin Box Manufacturers (1859 - 1982)
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My mother was born at 48 Havering Street. That house no longer exists. It disappeared from the map by 1950. Family name Schneider, mother Ray and father Joe. Joe’s parents lived just up the road at 311 Cable Street

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margaret clark   
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Margaret’s address when she married in 1938
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Our House
I and my three brothers were born at 178 Pitfield Street. All of my Mothers Family (ADAMS) Lived in the area. There was an area behind the house where the Hoxton Stall holders would keep the barrows. The house was classed as a slum but was a large house with a basement. The basement had 2 rooms that must have been unchanged for many years it contained a ’copper’ used to boil and clean clothes and bedlinen and a large ’range’ a cast iron coal/log fired oven. Coal was delivered through a ’coal hole’ in the street which dropped through to the basement. The front of the house used to be a shop but unused while we lived there. I have many more happy memories of the house too many to put here.

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Liverpool Street
the Bishopsgate station has existed since 1840 as a passenger station, but does not appear in the site’s cartography. Evidently, the 1860 map is in fact much earlier than that date.

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The Pearce family lived in Gardnor Road
The Pearce family moved into Gardnor Road around 1900 after living in Fairfax walk, my Great grandfather, wife and there children are recorded living in number 4 Gardnor road in the 1911 census, yet I have been told my grand father was born in number 4 in 1902, generations of the Pearce continue living in number 4 as well other houses in the road up until the 1980’s

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Phil Stubbington   
Added: 14 Nov 2022 16:28 GMT   

Numbers 60 to 70 (1901 - 1939)
A builder, Robert Maeers (1842-1919), applied to build six houses on plots 134 to 139 on the Lincoln House Estate on 5 October 1901. He received approval on 8 October 1901. These would become numbers 60 to 70 Rodenhurst Road (60 is plot 139). Robert Maeers was born in Northleigh, Devon. In 1901 he was living in 118 Elms Road with his wife Georgina, nee Bagwell. They had four children, Allan, Edwin, Alice, and Harriet, born between 1863 and 1873.
Alice Maeers was married to John Rawlins. Harriet Maeers was married to William Street.
Three of the six houses first appear on the electoral register in 1904:
Daniel Mescal “Ferncroft”
William Francis Street “Hillsboro”
Henry Elkin “Montrose”

By the 1905 electoral register all six are occupied:

Daniel Mescal “St Senans”
Henry Robert Honeywood “Grasmere”
John Rawlins “Iveydene”
William Francis Street “Hillsboro”
Walter Ernest Manning “St Hilda”
Henry Elkin “Montrose”

By 1906 house numbers replace names:

Daniel Mescal 70
Henry Robert Honeywood 68
John Rawlins 66
William Francis Street 64
Walter Ernest Manning 62
Henry Elkin 60

It’s not clear whether number 70 changed from “Ferncroft” to “St Senans” or possibly Daniel Mescal moved houses.

In any event, it can be seen that Robert Maeers’ two daughters are living in numbers 64 and 66, with, according to local information, an interconnecting door. In the 1911 census William Street is shown as a banker’s clerk. John Rawlins is a chartering clerk in shipping. Robert Maeers and his wife are also living at this address, Robert being shown as a retired builder.

By 1939 all the houses are in different ownership except number 60, where the Elkins are still in residence.


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stephen garraway   
Added: 13 Nov 2022 13:56 GMT   

Martin Street, Latimer Road
I was born at St Charlottes and lived at 14, Martin Street, Latimer Road W10 until I was 4 years old when we moved to the east end. It was my Nan Grant’s House and she was the widow of George Frederick Grant. She had two sons, George and Frederick, and one daughter, my mother Margaret Patricia.
The downstairs flat where we lived had two floors, the basement and the ground floor. The upper two floors were rented to a Scot and his family, the Smiths. He had red hair. The lights and cooker were gas and there was one cold tap over a Belfast sink. A tin bath hung on the wall. The toilet was outside in the yard. This was concreted over and faced the the rear of the opposite terraces. All the yards were segregated by high brick walls. The basement had the a "best" room with a large , dark fireplace with two painted metal Alsation ornaments and it was very dark, cold and little used.
The street lights were gas and a man came round twice daily to turn them on and off using a large pole with a hook and a lighted torch on the end. I remember men coming round the streets with carts selling hot chestnuts and muffins and also the hurdy gurdy man with his instrument and a monkey in a red jacket. I also remember the first time I saw a black man and my mother pulling me away from him. He had a Trilby and pale Mackintosh so he must of been one of the first of the Windrush people. I seem to recall he had a thin moustache.
Uncle George had a small delivery lorry but mum lost touch with him and his family. Uncle Fred went to Peabody Buildings near ST.Pauls.
My Nan was moved to a maisonette in White City around 1966, and couldn’t cope with electric lights, cookers and heating and she lost all of her neighbourhood friends. Within six months she had extreme dementia and died in a horrible ward in Tooting Bec hospital a year or so later. An awful way to end her life, being moved out of her lifelong neighbourhood even though it was slums.

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Memories
I lived at 7 Conder Street in a prefab from roughly 1965 to 1971 approx - happy memories- sad to see it is no more ?

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Shenley Road
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46 Aldgate High Street
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In the neighbourhood...

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The Third Goodmans Fields Theatre, Great Alie Street (1801)
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Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (Lenin) addressing a "smoking debate" at Toynbee Hall (1902)
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Whitechapel Gallery
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St Mary’s (Whitechapel) station (1916) This existed between 1884 and 1938 between Aldgate East and Whitechapel.
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Middlesex Street (Petticoat Lane) on the site of Sandy’s Row (1912)
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Battle of Cable Street mural The Battle of Cable Street took place on the corner of Cable Street and Dock Street, and other places
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Berner Street, April 1909. The cartwheel indicates the entrance to Dutfield's Yard.
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Leman Street (1930s)
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Mansell Street, E1 (1902)
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Osborn Street E1 in the early 1900s Originally a narrow continuation of Brick Lane, it once went under the name of ’Dirty Lane’. It was named after the Osborn family of Chicksand Priory, Bedfordshire who were prominent landowners here. Most of the street was destroyed during the Second World War - most surviving buildings are post-1945.
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