The Hare

Pub in/near Cambridge Heath, existing between the 1770s and now

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Pub · Cambridge Heath · E2 ·

The Hare is situated at 505 Cambridge Heath Road.

The Hare has existed on this site since the 1770s. The current building dates from around 1860.

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Marion James   
Added: 12 Mar 2021 17:43 GMT   

26 Edith Street Haggerston
On Monday 11th October 1880 Charlotte Alice Haynes was born at 26 Edith Street Haggerston the home address of her parents her father Francis Haynes a Gilder by trade and her mother Charlotte Alice Haynes and her two older siblings Francis & George who all welcomed the new born baby girl into the world as they lived in part of the small Victorian terraced house which was shared by another family had an outlook view onto the world of the Imperial Gas Works site - a very grey drab reality of the life they were living as an East End working class family - 26 Edith Street no longer stands in 2021 - the small rundown polluted terrace houses of Edith Street are long since gone along with the Gas Companies buildings to be replaced with green open parkland that is popular in 21st century by the trendy residents of today - Charlotte Alice Haynes (1880-1973) is the wife of my Great Grand Uncle Henry Pickett (1878-1930) As I research my family history I slowly begin to understand the life my descendants had to live and the hardships that they went through to survive - London is my home and there are many areas of this great city I find many of my descendants living working and dying in - I am yet to find the golden chalice! But in all truthfulness my family history is so much more than hobby its an understanding of who I am as I gather their stories. Did Charlotte Alice Pickett nee Haynes go on to live a wonderful life - no I do not think so as she became a widow in 1930 worked in a canteen and never remarried living her life in and around Haggerston & Hackney until her death in 1973 with her final resting place at Manor Park Cemetery - I think Charlotte most likely excepted her lot in life like many women from her day, having been born in the Victorian era where the woman had less choice and standing in society, which is a sad state of affairs - So I will endeavour to write about Charlotte and the many other women in my family history to give them the voice of a life they so richly deserve to be recorded !

Edith Street was well situated for the new public transport of two railway stations in 1880 :- Haggerston Railway Station opened in 1867 & Cambridge Heath Railway Station opened in 1872

Born here
jack stevens   
Added: 26 Sep 2021 13:38 GMT   

Mothers birth place
Number 5 Whites Row which was built in around 1736 and still standing was the premises my now 93 year old mother was born in, her name at birth was Hilda Evelyne Shaw,

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margaret clark   
Added: 15 Oct 2021 22:23 GMT   

Margaret’s address when she married in 1938
^, Josepine House, Stepney is the address of my mother on her marriage certificate 1938. Her name was Margaret Irene Clark. Her father Basil Clark was a warehouse grocer.

Boo Horton    
Added: 31 May 2021 13:39 GMT   

Angel & Trumpet, Stepney Green
The Angel & Trumpet Public House in Stepney Green was run by my ancestors in the 1930’s. Unfortunately, it was a victim on WWII and was badly damaged and subsequently demolished. I have one photograph that I believe to bethe pub, but it doesn’t show much more that my Great Aunt cleaning the steps.

Added: 6 Nov 2021 15:03 GMT   

Old Nichol Street, E2
Information about my grandfather’s tobacconist shop

Martin Eaton    
Added: 14 Oct 2021 03:56 GMT   

Boundary Estate
Sunbury, Taplow House.

Added: 14 Nov 2021 17:25 GMT   

Fellows Court, E2
my family moved into the tower block 13th floor (maisonette), in 1967 after our street Lenthall rd e8 was demolished, we were one of the first families in the new block. A number of families from our street were rehoused in this and the adjoining flats. Inside toilet and central heating, all very modern at the time, plus eventually a tarmac football pitch in the grounds,(the cage), with a goal painted by the kids on the brick wall of the railway.

The Underground Map   
Added: 8 Mar 2021 15:05 GMT   

A plague on all your houses
Aldgate station is built directly on top of a vast plague pit, where thousands of bodies are apparently buried. No-one knows quite how many.

Added: 13 Jan 2021 13:11 GMT   

Zealand Rd E3 used to be called Auckland Road
Zealand Road E3 used to be called Auckland Road. I seen it on a Philips ABC of London dated about 1925. There is a coalhole cover in nearby Driffield R oad showing a suppliers address in Auckland Road.

Lived here
Added: 18 Feb 2021 22:03 GMT   

Pereira Street, E1
My grandfather Charles Suett lived in Periera Street & married a widowed neighbour there. They later moved to 33 Bullen House, Collingwood Street where my father was born.

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Carolyn Hirst   
Added: 16 Jul 2022 15:21 GMT   

Henry James Hirst
My second great grandfather Henry James Hirst was born at 18 New Road on 11 February 1861. He was the eighth of the eleven children of Rowland and Isabella Hirst. I think that this part of New Road was also known at the time as Gloucester Terrace.

Added: 31 Oct 2022 18:47 GMT   

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



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

Born here
Added: 16 Nov 2022 12:38 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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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.

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.


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

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.

Lived here
Added: 22 Sep 2022 18:30 GMT   

Well Walk, NW3 (1817 - 1818)
The home of Benthy, the Postman, with whom poet John Keats and his brother Tom lodged from early 1817 to Dec., 1818. They occupied the first floor up. Here Tom died Dec. 1, 1818. It was next door to the Welles Tavern then called ’The Green Man’."

From collected papers and photos re: No. 1 Well Walk at the library of Harvard University.

Source: No. 1, Well Walk, Hampstead. | HOLLIS for

Added: 4 Sep 2022 15:42 GMT   

Superman 2
I worked here in 1977. The scene in the prison laundry in Superman 2 was filmed here.


Cambridge Heath Cambridge Heath is a district in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, north of Bethnal Green.
The Hare The Hare is situated at 505 Cambridge Heath Road.

Ada Street, E8 Ada Street was named for one of the Pritchard family, local landowners.
Albert Close, E9 Albert Close is a cul-de-sac in an area just north of the Regents Canal.
Andrews Road, E2 Andrews Road runs along the north bank of the Regents Park Canal.
Approach Road, E2 Approach Road crosses Bonner Road.
Barossa Place, E2 Barossa Place was also known by the name Barossa Terrace.
Beck Road, E9 Beck Road is one of the streets of London in the E8 postal area.
Benjamin Close, E8 Benjamin Close is a road in the E8 postcode area
Bishops Way, E2 Bishops Way was built as an eastern extension to Prospect Place during the 1830s.
Bocking Street, E8 Bocking Street is one of the streets of London in the E8 postal area.
Bonner Road, E2 Bonner Road is one of a series of streets named for Edmund Bonner, Bishop of London.
Booth Close, E9 A street within the E9 postcode
Brierly Gardens, E2 Brierly Gardens is a road in the E2 postcode area
Broadway Market Mews, E8 Broadway Market Mews is one of the streets of London in the E8 postal area.
Broadway Market, E8 Broadway Market is one of the streets of London in the E8 postal area.
Bush Road, E9 Bush Road is a road in the E8 postcode area
Cambridge Crescent, E2 Cambridge Crescent received its name by being originally part of the Cambridge Heath Estate.
Canrobert Street, E2 Canrobert Street began as Charles Street in 1836.
Centre Street, E2 Centre Street arrived in the 1820s.
Clare Street, E2 Clare Street was built in the second decade of the nineteenth century.
Claredale Street, E2 Claredale Street was known until the 1930s as Claremont Street but right at the beginning was Lausanne Street.
Coate Street, E2 Coate Street originated as Seabright Place in 1826.
Corbridge Crescent, E2 Corbridge Crescent is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Crown Works, E2 Crown Works is a small industrial zone off Temple Street.
Cyprus Street, E2 Cyprus Street is a road in the E2 postcode area
Darwen Place, E2 Darwen Place is a modern development built over the former corporation yard.
Dinmont House, E2 Dinmont House forms a block on the Dinmont Estate.
Dinmont Street, E2 Dinmont Street was built in 1822.
Dove Row, E2 Dove Row is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Durham Place, E2 Durham Place fronted Hackney Road until 1862.
Earlston Grove, E9 A street within the E9 postcode
Edinburgh Close, E2 Edinburgh Close lies off Russia Lane.
Emma Street, E2 Emma Street started as a street bounding the Bethnal Green Gas Works.
Esker Place, E2 Esker Place was formed after post-war reconstruction.
Felix Street, E2 Felix Street was part of the Parmiter’s Estate when built in 1812.
Fremont Street, E9 This is a street in the E9 postcode area
Garner Street, E2 Garner Street was originally Gloucester Street.
Gillman Street, E2 Wolverley Street - which became Gillman Street in 1886 - was built by Joseph Teale in 1836.
Goldsmiths Row, E2 Goldsmiths Row is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Grove Passage, E2 Grove Passage runs along the line of the former Cambridge Place.
Hackney Road, E2 Hackney Road, part of the parish boundary, was referred to in 1587 as the ’highway from Shoreditch to Mare Street’ and, as Collier’s Lane, dated from 1439 or earlier.
Hare Row, E2 Hare Row now runs under the railway tracks.
Heath Place, E2 Heath Place was a former terrace along Cambridge Heath Road.
Helena Place, E9 A street within the E9 postcode
Howard Place, E2 Howard Place was formerly part of Hackney Road.
Huddleston Close, E2 Huddleston Close was built by the Victoria Park Housing Association.
Imperial Wharf, E8 Imperial Wharf is a block along the Regent’s Canal.
Jackman Street, E8 Jackman Street is a road in the E8 postcode area
James Docherty House, E2 James Docherty House, on the Approach Estate, stands on Patriot Square.
James Pennethorne Square, E2 James Pennethorne Square lies next to railway tracks.
Kay Street, E2 Kay Street started life as Gloucester Place in 1826.
Lark Row, E2 Lark Row originally ran west of the Bethnal Green workhouse
Leopold Mews, E9 Leopold Mews is one of the streets of London in the E9 postal area.
Mansford Street, E2 Mansford Street was known as Elizabeth Street until 1876.
Maple Street, E2 Maple Street is a road in the E2 postcode area
Mare Street, E9 Mare Street is a road in the E9 postcode area
Marian Place, E8 Marian Place is an old street - originally the access for the Bethnal Green Gas Works.
Matilda Street, E2 Bellona Street became Matilda Street before it disappeared from the map in the 1940s.
Matthew’s Place, E2 Matthew’s Place was built next to a factory on Hackney Road.
Millennium Place, E2 Millennium Place dates from 1993.
Minerva Street, E2 Minerva Street was developed as part of the Cambridge Heath Estate.
Mowlem Street, E2 Mowlem Street began in the first decade of the nineteenth century.
Moye Close, E2 Moye Close is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Northiam Street, E2 Northiam Street is in an area north of the Regent’s Canal.
Old Ford Road, E2 Old Ford Road runs eastwards from Cambridge Heath Road, eventually leading to Old Ford.
Orwell Court, E2 Orwell Court is one of the streets of London in the E8 postal area.
Palestine Place, E2 Palestine Place led east from Cambridge Heath Road.
Parmiter Street, E2 Parmiter Street was originally Gloucester Street - laid out in 1826 and built by 1836.
Patriot Square, E2 Patriot Square was built on a portion of the Pyotts estate.
Peel Grove, E2 Peel Grove is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Pennethorne Close, E9 Pennethorne Close is one of the streets of London in the E9 postal area.
Pritchards Road, E2 Pritchards Road was named after Andrew Pritchard, a ’tilemaker of Hackney Road’.
Prospect Place, E2 Prospect Place was a former street of Cambridge Heath.
Red Path, E9 Red Path is a road in the E9 postcode area
Regent’s Row, E2 Regent’s Row is a road in the E8 postcode area
Rivington Walk, E8 This is a street in the E8 postcode area
Robinson Road, E2 Robinson Road is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Roman Road, E2 Roman Road is a location in London.
Russia Lane, E2 Russia Lane was formerly called Rushy Lane.
Seabright Gardens, E2 Seabright Gardens was established as Queen Caroline Place during the 1820s.
Seabright Terrace, E2 Seabright Place was a terrace along Hackney Road.
Sheep Lane, E8 Sheep Lane is one of the streets of London in the E8 postal area.
Silk Weaver Way, E2 Silk Weaver Way connects Bishops Way and Parmiter Street.
Sotheran Close, E8 Sotheran Close is a road in the E8 postcode area
St Agnes Close, E9 St Agnes Close is a turning off Victoria Park Road.
St Judes Road, E2 St Judes Road is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
St Peter’s Close, E2 St. Peter’s Close lies near to St Peter’s in Bethnal Green.
St Peter’s Square, E2 St Peter’s Square lies behind St Peter’s, Bethnal Green.
Stephan Close, E8 Stephan Close is a road in the E8 postcode area
Suffolk Place, E2 Suffolk Place, built in 1812, became part of Hackney Road in 1862.
Swingfield House, E9 Swingfield House is a block on Templecombe Road
Teale Street, E2 Teale Street originated in 1836.
Teesdale Close, E2 Teesdale Close, now a short street, was previously part of Teesdale Street which was split into two post-war.
Teesdale Street, E2 Teesdale Street was Durham Street until 1875.
Teesdale Yard, E2 Teesdale Yard is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Temple Street, E2 Temple Street formed the eastern boundary of the Rush Mead estate by 1821.
Temple Yard, E2 Temple Yard is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Templecombe Road, E9 A street within the E9 postcode
The Oval, E2 The Oval, with 36 cottages and a chapel, was built on the eastern boundary of the Bullocks Estate by 1836.
Treadway Street, E2 Treadway Street was originally called Hope Street.
Vyner Street, E2 Vyner Street is a cobblestone canal-side walkway, originally known as John Street.
Wadeson Street, E2 Wadeson Street was originally called Martha Street.
Warneford Street, E9 Warneford Street is one of the streets of London in the E9 postal area.
Warner Place, E2 Warner Place is one of the streets of London in the E2 postal area.
Waterloo Gardens, E2 Waterloo Gardens was built as an access road to the local workhouse.
Welshpool Street, E8 Welshpool Street is one of the streets of London in the E8 postal area.
Wharf Place, E2 Wharf Place is a road in the E2 postcode area
Winkley Street, E2 Winkley Street was Catherine Street until 1938.
Zander Court, E2 Zander Court, alphabetically, is one of the last addresses in London.


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Cambridge Heath

Cambridge Heath is a district in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, north of Bethnal Green.

The earliest recorded use of the Cambridge Heath name was as Camprichthesheth in 1275. It was an area of gravel situated between marshland to the east and west. A forest known as Bishopswood, lingered in the east until the 16th century.

The heath was a ’waste’ of Stepney manor, used as common pasture. By 1275 at least one ’ancient’ house stood there.

A merchant tailor of London called John Slater took out a 99 year lease in 1587 on a piece of waste 24 rods by 11 rods on the west side of the heath and south of Hackney Road to the north, for 99 years. No building followed and the lease had lapsed by 1652. There was no development on the Bethnal Green side of the boundary until maybe 1720.

In time, Cambridge Heath developed eight principal estates: Parmiter, Rush Mead, Cambridge Heath, Bishop’s Hall, Pyotts, Sebright, Chambers and Bullock.

We’ll deal with their history one-by-one.

In 1722 the trustees of Parmiter’s charity purchased 4½ acres of waste on the west side of Cambridge Road (the road later to be renamed Cambridge Heath Road) on either side of Hackney Road. One house had been built at each end of the estate by 1760 and by 1775, three houses.

In 1724, the waste on the west side of the road, adjoining a sewer, was leased to Thomas Thorne, a Bethnal Green carpenter, who built a house there.

Several cottages were been built by Thomas King, a Hackney glazier, on waste beside the road by 1729.

More sustained activity began in 1786, when Parmiter’s charity leased its entire estate to a man called Wilmot, who built six houses and then sold it on in 1790 to William Lovell, who built five more. In 1791 the trustees granted two more leases to Lovell. By the late 1790s Howard’s and Heath places and the Hare public house fronted Hackney Road and Cambridge Road.

By the turn of the nineteenth century, Cambridge Place formed the north-western boundary of the Parmiter estate. Between 1788 and 1791 applications were made to build 18 more houses at Cambridge Heath.

In 1808, the southern portion of Parmiter’s estate was leased to James Waddilove and William Causdell, builders from Hackney Road. They had constructed Suffolk Place and Felix Street by 1812; also Clare Street, Barossa Place and Felix Place by 1819.

Durham Place, fronting Hackney Road on the Rush Mead estate, was being built in 1789.

In 1792, roads were planned to the south: Elizabeth Street, Lausanne Street (Claremont Street) and Durham Street. Builders who took 99-year leases included James Nicoll from Marylebone and William Selby from Hanover Square.

Bond’s Place had been built by 1810, under an agreement of 1807 with Benjamin Bond of Hackney. Temple Street formed the eastern boundary of the Rush Mead estate by 1821, Building extended south with Catherine Street and Charles Street by 1836, when there were 266 houses on the estate.

Andrew Pritchard, ’tilemaker of Hackney Road’ had bought Bullocks on the north side of Hackney Road by 1792 when he contracted with William Olley, a Woolwich bricklayer, to build houses in Hackney Road next to a factory. The houses, called Matthew’s Place, had been built by 1800.

Oxford House existed by 1808, and Ann’s Place (later Pritchard’s Road) formed the western boundary by 1819. The Oval, with 36 cottages and a chapel, on the eastern boundary by 1836. Much of the estate though was occupied by a fish pond until the mid 19th century.

Chambers, the most northerly estate on the east side of Cambridge Road, leased out land for building from 1802. That year, William Ditchman of Hackney Road leased a strip on the west fronting Cambridge Road and another on the east. He built houses fronting the road by 1804, Newmarket Terrace in Russia Lane in 1805, and houses in new roads at the northern end of Cambridge Road: Norfolk Street, Martha Street and John Street.

John Scott, an Islington brickmaker, from 1808, built Prospect Place in Russia Lane and also houses in a new road running north from it (West Street) and later Potter’s Row after Thomas Potter, his sublessee. Lark Row, at the eastern boundary of Chambers, had 10 houses by 1812.

In 1807 the Leeds family agreed with Joseph Brown from Durham Place to develop their Cambridge Heath estate between Rush Mead and Parmiter’s estate.

In 1808 Brown engaged James Waddilove and William Causdell to build 30 houses. They were employed at the same time on Parmiter’s estate, with which a joint layout was apparently made.

By 1812 Cambridge Circus existed on the eastern boundary of the Cambridge Heath estate and by 1821 Hope Street and Minerva Street ran from Hackney Road to Old Bethnal Green Road. Other streets - Bellona Street (Matilda Street) and Centre Street - were in the southeast. Philadelphia Place and Minerva Place faced Hackney Road. While there was a continuous frontage on Old Bethnal Green Road, about a third of the estate was still available for building in 1831.

On the eastern side of Cambridge Road, the five acre field belonging to Bishop’s Hall was leased in 1811 to the London Society for Promoting Christianity among the Jews, which built the Episcopal Jews’ chapel and associated buildings, named Palestine Place by 1836.

To the north and south were portions of Pyotts estate. To the south developed in the 1790s as Patriot Square. To the north, Prospect Place (Row) fronted Russia Lane and Grosvenor Terrace fronted Cambridge Road by 1826. Gloucester Street between Cambridge Road and the north-south section of Russia Lane, was laid out in 1826 and built by 1836.

Sebright’s estate was long undeveloped. Aware of its ’increasing and improving neighbourhood’, the trustees obtained an Act in 1813 to grant long building leases. In 1821 they leased a large part north of Hackney Road to Joseph Teale of Shoreditch, who was responsible for the building of Sebright Street by 1822, Sebright Place, Gloucester Place and Hill Street by 1826, and Wolverley Street and Teale Street by 1836. By then there were 250 houses on Sebrights north of Hackney Road.

By the 1840s, much of the urbanisation of Cambridge Heath was largely complete. The Bethnal Green gasworks, named after the then-Metropolitan Borough of Bethnal Green were built in 1866 by John Clark. Until the 1960s, they were used to manufacture and store town gas made from coal.

Cambridge Heath railway station opened in 1872.

Cambridge Heath and neighbouring Bethnal Green were unequal halves of the same manor, and late in the 19th century, became part of the Metropolitan Borough of Bethnal Green. This was incorporated into the new London Borough of Tower Hamlets in 1965.

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Pollard Row (1939)
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Houses in Cambridge Road, Bethnal Green. Cambridge Road was renamed to Cambridge Heath Road in 1938.
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Florida Street, Bethnal Green, looking east from Pollard Row (1939) The Hope pub on the left
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Pollard Row (1939)
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Before roads were realigned post-war, St Peter’s Close and Nelson Gardens, Bethnal Green met one another at a junction.
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Palestine Place, led east from Cambridge Heath Road and featured the Episcopal Jews’ chapel. The chapel was built by the ’London Society for Promoting Christianity among the Jews’. The site was later the Bethnal Green Infirmary.
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The Dinmont Estate was designed by G. Topham Forrest for the LCC and completed in 1935-6.
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Seabright Street, Bethnal Green The houses which formerly lined the road were old Weavers Houses - you can tell by the wide upstairs windows. They let in more light for the weavers to work. There is now a park where these houses stood.
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