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Underground station · Poplar · E14 ·
JUNE
5
2013

Poplar - site of the first air raids.

Poplar is a historic, mainly residential area of East London. The district became the Metropolitan Borough of Poplar in 1900 - abolished in 1965 and absorbed into Tower Hamlets. The district centre is Chrisp Street Market. Poplar contains notable examples of public housing including the Lansbury Estate and Balfron Tower.

Although many people associate wartime bombing with The Blitz during World War II, the first airborne terror campaign in Britain took place during the First World War.

Air raids in World War One caused significant damage and took many lives. WWI German raids on Britain caused 1413 deaths and 3409 injuries. Air raids provided an unprecedented means of striking at resources vital to an enemy’s war effort. Many of the novel features of the war in the air between 1914 and 1918—the lighting restrictions and blackouts, the air raid warnings and the improvised shelters—became central aspects of the Second World War less than 30 years later.

The East End of London was one of the most heavily targeted places. Poplar, in particular, was struck badly by some of the air raids during the First World War. Initially these were at night by Zeppelins which bombed the area indiscriminately, leading to the death of innocent civilians.

The first daylight bombing attack on London by a fixed-wing aircraft took place on 13 June 1917. Fourteen German Gotha G bombers led by Squadron Commander Hauptmann Ernst Brandenberg flew over Essex and began dropping their bombs. It was a hot day and the sky was hazy; nevertheless, onlookers in London’s East End were able to see ’a dozen or so big aeroplanes scintillating like so many huge silver dragonflies’. These three-seater bombers were carrying shrapnel bombs which were dropped just before noon. Numerous bombs fell in rapid succession in various districts. In the East End alone 104 people were killed, 154 seriously injured and 269 slightly injured.

The gravest incident that day was a direct hit on a primary school in Poplar. In the Upper North Street School at the time were a girls’ class on the top floor, a boys’ class on the middle floor and an infant class of about 50 students on the ground floor. The bomb fell through the roof into the girls’ class; it then proceeded to fall through the boys’ classroom before finally exploding in the infant class. Eighteen students were killed, of whom sixteen were aged from 4 to 6 years old. The tragedy shocked the British public at the time.

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Poplar DLR station was opened on 21 August 1987, originally with just two platforms, being served only by the Stratford-Island Gardens branch of the DLR. As the DLR was expanded eastwards, the station was extensively remodelled, given two extra platforms and expanded.


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colin Passfield   
Added: 1 Jan 2021 15:28 GMT   

Dora Street, E14
My grandmother was born in 1904 at 34 Dora Street

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Lived here
   
Added: 16 Feb 2021 13:41 GMT   

Giraud Street
I lived in Giraud St in 1938/1939. I lived with my Mother May Lillian Allen & my brother James Allen (Known as Lenny) My name is Tom Allen and was evacuated to Surrey from Giraud St. I am now 90 years of age.

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LATEST LONDON-WIDE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROJECT

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danny currie   
Added: 30 Nov 2022 18:39 GMT   

dads yard
ron currie had a car breaking yard in millers yard back in the 60s good old days

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Lynette beardwood   
Added: 29 Nov 2022 20:53 GMT   

Spy’s Club
Topham’s Hotel at 24-28 Ebury Street was called the Ebury Court Hotel. Its first proprietor was a Mrs Topham. In WW2 it was a favourite watering hole for the various intelligence organisations based in the Pimlico area. The first woman infiltrated into France in 1942, FANY Yvonne Rudellat, was recruited by the Special Operations Executive while working there. She died in Bergen Belsen in April 1945.

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Born here
   
Added: 16 Nov 2022 12:39 GMT   

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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Lived here
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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Added: 31 Oct 2022 18:47 GMT   

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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Eve Glover   
Added: 22 Oct 2022 09:28 GMT   

Shenley Road
Shenley Road is the main street in Borehamwood where the Job Centre and Blue Arrow were located

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Richard Lake   
Added: 28 Sep 2022 09:37 GMT   

Trade Union Official
John William Lake snr moved with his family to 22 De Laune Street in 1936. He was the London Branch Secretary for the Street Masons, Paviours and Road Makers Union. He had previously lived in Orange St now Copperfield St Southwark but had been forced to move because the landlord didn’t like him working from home and said it broke his lease.
John William snr died in 1940. His son John William Lake jnr also became a stone mason and at the end of World War two he was responsible for the engraving of the dates of WW2 onto the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
All Saints’ Church All Saints’ is a church in Newby Place, Poplar.
Canary Wharf Canary Wharf is a large business development on the Isle of Dogs, centred on the old West India Docks.
La Trompette Poplar Baths is a former public bath house dating from 1933.
Museum of London Docklands The Museum of London Docklands, based in an 1802 warehouse, tells the history of London’s River Thames and the growth of the Docklands.
Railway Tavern The Railway Tavern was generally known as Charlie Brown’s.
St Matthias Old Church St Matthias Old Church is the modern name given to the Poplar Chapel built by the East India Company in 1654.
Tower Hamlets College Tower Hamlets College is a large further education and a constituent college of New City College.
West India Quay West India Quay is a leisure complex on the Isle of Dogs.

THE STREETS OF POPLAR
Abbott Road, E14 Abbott Road is the longest road in this part of Poplar, named after its builder.
Aberfeldy Street, E14 Aberfeldy Street runs south from Abbott Road.
Accra Close, Accra Close lies within the postcode.
Ada Gardens, E14 Ada Gardens runs north-south linking Blair Street and Dee Street.
Adderley Street, E14 Adderley Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Ailsa Street, E14 Ailsa Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Alton Street, E14 Alton Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Amoy Place, E14 Amoy Place is a road in the E14 postcode area
Andrew Street, E14 Andrew Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Annabel Close, E14 Annabel Close is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Arcadia Street, E14 Arcadia Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Aspen Way, E14 Aspen Way is a road in the E14 postcode area
Astoria Way, E14 Astoria Way is a location in London.
Athol Square, E14 Athol Square lies over the former location of Athol Street.
Athol Street, E14 A pun on Scottish-themed road names probably caused Athol Street to be named and positioned below Blair Street - causing Blair Athol to be spelt out.
Augusta Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Balladier Walk, E14 Balladier Walk is a road in the E14 postcode area
Balmore Close, E14 Balmore Close is a road in the E14 postcode area
Barchester Street, E14 Barchester Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Bartlett Close, E14 Bartlett Close is a road in the E14 postcode area
Benledi Road, E14 Benledi Road is an ’Italianised; version of a Scottish mountain - Ben Ledi.
Benledi Street, E14 Benledi Street is one of the older streets in the district..
Berber Place, E14 Berber Place is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Billingsgate Market, E14 Billingsgate Market is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Birchfield Street, E14 Birchfield Street was once called Drill Place.
Blackwall Trading Estate, E14 The Blackwall Trading Estate lies along Bow Creek and off Lanrick Road.
Blackwall Tunnel Northern Approach, E14 Blackwall Tunnel Northern Approach is a road in the E14 postcode area
Blair Street, E14 Blair Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Boardwalk, E14 Sophia Street was built in 1823 and demolished in 1939.
Bow Exchange, E14 Bow Exchange is one of the streets of London in the E3 postal area.
Bowen Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Brabazon Street, E14 Brabazon Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Brion Place, E14 Brion Place is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Bromley Hall Road, E14 Named at odds with the surrounding Scottish street names, this is named for the fifteenth-century Bromley Hall
Broomfield Street, E14 Broomfield Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Brownfield Street, E14 Brownfield Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Brunswick Road, E14 Brunswick Road, still extant at the southern end, was largely buried under the Blackwall Tunnel northern approach road.
Brushwood Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Bygrove Street, E14 Bygrove Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Canton Street, E14 Canton Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Carbis Road, E14 Carbis Road is a road in the E14 postcode area
Carmen Street, E14 Carmen Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Carron Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Carter Square, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Castor Lane, E14 Castor Lane is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Castor Street, E14 Castor Street existed between the 1810s and 1960s.
Celtic Street, E14 Celtic Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Chilcot Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Chrisp Street, E14 Chrisp Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Clyde Square, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Cordelia Street, E14 Cordelia Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Cotall Street, E14 Cotall Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Cottage Street, E14 Cottage Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Culloden Street, E14 Culloden Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Darnaway Place, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Deauville Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Dee Street, E14 Dee Street dates from the late nineteenth century.
Dewberry Street, E14 Dewberry Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Dingle Gardens, E14 Dingle Gardens is a road in the E14 postcode area
Discovery House, E14 Discovery House can be found on Newby Place
Dod Street, E14 Dod Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Dolphin Lane, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Duff Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
East Quay, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Edward Mills Way, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Elizabeth Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Ellesmere Street, E14 Ellesmere Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Epstein Square, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Equinox Square, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Ettrick Street, E14 Ettrick Street is nowadays split into two sections by post war developments.
Farrance Street, E14 Farrance Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Fawe Street, E14 Fawe Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Finchs Court Mews, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Finchs Court, E14 Finchs Court is a road in the E14 postcode area
Findhorn Street, E14 Findhorn Street is one of a series of local roads with a Scottish highlands name.
Flora Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Fortrose Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Gillender Street, E14 Gillender Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Giraud Street, E14 Giraud Street nowadays is a short road running north from Cordelia Street.
Glass Blowers House, E14 A block along the East India Dock Road.
Godalming Road, E14 Godalming Road is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Goodway Gardens, E14 Goodway Gardens is a road in the E14 postcode area
Gough Walk, E14 Gough Walk is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Grosvenor Buildings, E14 Grosvenor Buildings were a late nineteenth century development.
Grundy Street, E14 Grundy Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Guthridge Close, Guthridge Close lies within the postcode.
Hale Street, E14 Hale Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Harbour Way, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Harrow Lane, E14 Harrow Lane is a road in the E14 postcode area
Helen Mackay House, E14 Helen MacKay House is a block on Blair Street
Hillary Mews, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Hind Grove, E14 Hind Grove is a road in the E14 postcode area
Hobday Street, E14 Hobday Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Ida Street, E14 Ida Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Irvine Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Jeremiah Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Jonzen Walk, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Joshua Street, E14 Joshua Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Kemps Drive, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Kerbey Street, E14 Kerbey Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Keymer Place, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Kildare Walk, E14 Kildare Walk is a road in the E14 postcode area
Landon Walk, E14 Landon Walk is a small walkway.
Langdon House, E14 Langdon House is a building on Ida Street
Lanrick Road, E14 Lanrick Road is named after an estate in Doune, Perthshire.
Lansbury Gardens, E14 British politician and social reformer who led the Labour Party from 1932 to 1935.
Lea Place, E14 Four pairs of semi-detached houses on the north side of East India Dock Road called Lea Place were built around 1824.
Leven Road, E14 Leven Road is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Limehouse Cut, E14 Limehouse Cut is a named path following the canal of the same name.
Lindfield Street, E14 Lindfield Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Lochnagar Street, E14 Lochnagar Street runs east from the Blackwall Tunnel northern approach road.
Locksons Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Lodore Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Mackrow Walk, E14 Mackrow Walk is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Madeira Street, E14 Madeira Street is a location in London.
Malam Gardens, E14 Malam Gardens is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Mallory Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Market Square, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Market Way, E14 Market Way is a road in the E14 postcode area
Metropolitan Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Ming Street, E14 Ming Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Morant Street, E14 Morant Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Morris Road, E14 Morris Road is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Mountague Place, E14 This is a street in the E14 postcode area
Nairn Street, E14 Nairn Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Navis House, E14 Navis House is a block on Lindfield Street
New Festival Avenue, E14 New Festival Avenue is a road in the E14 postcode area
New Village Avenue, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Norbiton Road, E14 Norbiton Road is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Oakes Mews, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Oban House, E14 Oban House can be found on Oban Street.
Oban Street, E14 Oban Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Old School Square, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Pekin Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Pekin Street, E14 Pekin Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Pelling Street, E14 Pelling Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Pennyfields, E14 Pennyfields is the western extension of Poplar High Street.
Pigott Street, E14 When the Lansbury Estate was built, Pigott Street was the final part of the plan, hosting a block of flats from 1982.
Pinefield Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Pioneer Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Plimsoll Close, E14 Plimsoll Close is a road in the E14 postcode area
Poplar High Street, E14 Until the late nineteenth century Poplar High Street was the district’s principal street.
Portree Street, E14 Portree Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Prestons Road, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Ricardo Street, E14 Ricardo Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Rifle Street, E14 Rifle Street dates from the early 1870s.
Rigden Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Rook Street, E14 Rook Street - at first called Mary Street - ran between Poplar High Street and East India Road.
Rosefield Gardens, E14 Rosefield Gardens is a road in the E14 postcode area
Saltwell Street, E14 Saltwell Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Saracen Street, E14 Saracen Street was a new street formed when the Lansbury Estate was built.
Scott Russell Place, E14 Scott Russell Place is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Shirbutt Street, E14 Shirbutt Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Simpson’s Road, E14 Simpson’s Road is a road in the E14 postcode area
Smythe Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Southill Street, E14 Southill Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Spey Street, E14 Originally, the older Spey Street ran north-south, later to become part of Teviot Street.
Spey Street, E14 The modern Spey Street shares its name with a former street of the area called Spey Street.
St Andrews Way, E14 St Andrews Way is a road in the E14 postcode area
St Annes Row, E14 St Annes Row is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
St Anne’s Street, E14 St Anne Street is a street of Poplar.
St Ives Place, E14 St Ives Place lies off Leven Road.
St Leonards Road, SW18 St Leonard’s Road was once the only road through a rural Poplar - called Bow Lane and before that Poplar Lane.
St. Frideswides Mews, E14 St Frideswides Mews is a small street in Poplar.
St. Gabriels Close, E14 St Gabriel Close lies off Morris Road.
Stainsby Road, E14 Stainsby Road is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Stoneyard Lane, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Sturry Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Tapley Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Teviot Street, E14 Teviot Street has a complicated modern routing, part of it originally being Spey Street.
The Arcade, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Tweed Walk, E14 Tweed Walk leads towards Limehouse Cut from Teviot Street.
Upper North Street, E14 Upper North Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Valencia Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Venue Street, E14 Venue Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Wades Place, E14 Wades Place is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Warner Terrace, E14 Warner Terrace is a road in the E14 postcode area
Wellspring Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
West India Dock Road, E14 West India Dock Road is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Westcott House, E14 Westcott House is sited on East India Dock Road
Williamsburg Plaza, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Willis Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Woodstock Terrace, E14 Woodstock Terrace is a road in the E14 postcode area
Wooster Gardens, E14 Wooster Gardens runs from Dee Street to Blair Street.
Wyvis Street, E14 Wyvis Street runs east-west beside Manorfield Primary School.
Zetland Street, E14 Zetland Street runs west from a former section of Brunswick Street.


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Poplar (1910)
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Poplar Baths (2005)
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Poplar Dock
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Pennyfields, Poplar (around 1900)
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East India Road, Poplar It takes it name from the former East India Docks and its route was constructed between 1806 and 1812 as a branch of the Commercial Road. The road begins in the west at Burdett Road and continues to the River Lea bridge in the east in Canning Town.
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Pennyfields, Poplar (around 1900)
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Rook Street, Poplar decorated with flags, shrines and a banner in preparation for a Catholic procession, September 1914.
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A line of Vauxhall cars in front of an old masonry warehouse awaiting export shipment at West India Dock on 12 June 1935.
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