Saracen Street, E14

Road in/near Poplar, existing between 1951 and now

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Road · Poplar · E14 ·
November
25
2019

Saracen Street was a new street formed when the Lansbury Estate was built.

The Lansbury Estate council housing estate was itself named after George Lansbury, a Poplar councillor and Labour Party MP.

The estate is one of the largest such estates in London and is bounded by the East India Dock Road, the Docklands Light Railway to the east and the Limehouse Cut.

The construction of the estate started in 1950/1 as part of the Festival of Britain, with the Chrisp Street Market area. The construction of the estate extended eastwards with the final phase at Pigott Street finished in 1982.

The ethos of the design was that the new development should comprise neighbourhoods of everything that a community required – housing, churches, schools, an old people’s home, pubs, open spaces and a shopping area. Traditional materials were used in the construction, such as London stock bricks and Welsh slate.


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CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LOCALITY


Born here
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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Lived here
Kim Johnson   
Added: 24 Jun 2021 19:17 GMT   

Limehouse Causeway (1908)
My great grandparents were the first to live in 15 Tomlins Terrace, then my grandparents and parents after marriage. I spent the first two years of my life there. My nan and her family lived at number 13 Tomlins Terrace. My maternal grandmother lived in Maroon house, Blount Street with my uncle. Nan, my mum and her brothers were bombed out three times during the war.

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Alison   
Added: 26 Jun 2022 18:20 GMT   

On the dole in north London
When I worked at the dole office in Medina Road in the 1980s, "Archway" meant the social security offices which were in Archway Tower at the top of the Holloway Road. By all accounts it was a nightmare location for staff and claimants alike. This was when Margaret Thatcher’s government forced unemployment to rise to over 3 million (to keep wages down) and computerised records where still a thing of the future. Our job went from ensuring that unemployed people got the right sort and amount of benefits at the right time, to stopping as many people as possible from getting any sort of benefit at all. Britain changed irrevocably during this period and has never really recovered. We lost the "all in it together" frame of mind that had been born during the second world war and became the dog-eat-dog society where 1% have 95% of the wealth and many people can’t afford to feed their children. For me, the word Archway symbolises the land of lost content.

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Jack Wilson   
Added: 21 Jun 2022 21:40 GMT   

Penfold Printers
I am seeking the location of Penfold Printers Offices in Dt Albans place - probably about 1870 or so

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Lived here
   
Added: 19 Jun 2022 16:58 GMT   

Runcorn Place, W11
Runcorn place

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Comment
   
Added: 30 May 2022 19:03 GMT   

The Three Magpies
Row of houses (centre) was on Heathrow Rd....Ben’s Cafe shack ( foreground ) and the Three Magpies pub (far right) were on the Bath Rd

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Watts   
Added: 17 May 2022 20:29 GMT   

Baeethoven St School, also an Annex for Paddington College of FE.
In the early 70’s I took a two year science course at Paddington CFE. The science classes were held on weekday evenings at Beethoven Street school, overseen by chemistry teacher, Mr Tattershall.

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Added: 25 Apr 2022 22:11 GMT   

Southover, N12
Everyone knows Central Woodside is the place to be. Ever since kdog moved from finchtown, Woodside has been thriving.

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Bernard Miller   
Added: 12 Apr 2022 17:36 GMT   

My mother and her sister were born at 9 Windsor Terrace
My mother, Millie Haring (later Miller) and her sister Yetta Haring (later Freedman) were born here in 1922 and 1923. With their parents and older brother and sister, they lived in two rooms until they moved to Stoke Newington in 1929. She always said there were six rooms, six families, a shared sink on the first floor landing and a toilet in the backyard.

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Brian Lynch   
Added: 10 Apr 2022 13:38 GMT   

Staples Mattress Factory
An architect’s design of the Staples Mattress Factory
An image found on the website of Dalzell’s Beds, in Armagh Northern Ireland.

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Chrisp Street Market Chrisp Street Market is the central marketplace and town centre of Poplar.
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.

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Amoy Place, E14 Amoy Place is a road in the E14 postcode area
Andersen’s Wharf, E14 Andersen’s Wharf is a road in the E14 postcode area
Andersens Wharf, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
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
Astoria Way, E14 Astoria Way is a location in London.
Augusta Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Bartlett Close, E14 Bartlett Close is a road in the E14 postcode area
Beccles Street, E14 Beccles Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Berber Place, E14 Berber Place is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Birchfield Street, E14 Birchfield Street was once called Drill Place.
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.
Burdett Road, E14 Burdett Road is a major north-south route in East London.
Bygrove Street, E14 Bygrove Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Callingham Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Canton Street, E14 Canton Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal 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 Street, E14 Castor Street existed between the 1810s and 1960s.
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
Coalmakers Wharf, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Copenhagen Place, E14 Copenhagen Place is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Cordelia Street, E14 Cordelia Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Cording Street, E14 Cording 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
Dingle Gardens, E14 Dingle Gardens is a road in the E14 postcode area
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
Dormers Court, E14 Dormers Court is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Duff Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Dundee Wharf, E14 Dundee Wharf is a road in the E14 postcode area
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
Farrance Street, E14 Farrance Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Finchs Court Mews, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Finchs Court, E14 Finchs Court is a road in the E14 postcode area
Flora Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Frances Wharf, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Garford Street, E14 Garford Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Gill Street, E14 Gill 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.
Godalming Road, E14 Godalming Road is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Gough Walk, E14 Gough Walk is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Grenade Street, E14 Grenade Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Grundy Street, E14 Grundy Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Hale Street, E14 Hale Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Harbour Way, 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
Jeremiah Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Jonzen Walk, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
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
Limehouse Causeway, E14 Limehouse Causeway was home to the original Chinatown of London.
Lindfield Street, E14 Lindfield Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
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.
Market Square, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Market Way, E14 Market Way is a road in the E14 postcode area
Milligan Street, E14 Milligan Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
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
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
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
Pixley Street, E14 Pixley Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
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.
Premiere Place, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Quebec Wharf, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Radial Avenue, E14 Radial Avenue is a location in London.
Railway Arches, E14 Railway Arches is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Ricardo Street, E14 Ricardo Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Rich Street, E14 Rich Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Rigden Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Roche House, E14 Roche House is located on Beccles Street
Rosefield Gardens, E14 Rosefield Gardens is a road in the E14 postcode area
Salter Street, E14 Salter Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Saltwell Street, E14 Saltwell Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Saunders Close, E14 Saunders Close is a road in the E14 postcode area
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
Southill Street, E14 Southill Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Southwater Close, E14 Southwater Close is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
St Annes Row, E14 St Annes Row is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
St Annes Street, E14 Elite House is a block in Poplar.
St Anne’s Street, E14 St Anne Street is a street of Poplar.
Stainsby Road, E14 Stainsby Road is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Stocks Place, E14 Stocks Place is a road in the E14 postcode area
Stoneyard Lane, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Storehouse Mews, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Sturry Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
The Arcade, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Thomas Road, E14 Thomas Road is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Tivoli Mews, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Trinidad Street, E14 Trinidad Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Upper North Street, E14 Upper North Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Wades Place, E14 Wades Place is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
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
Westferry Studios, E14 Westferry Studios is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Woodstock Terrace, E14 Woodstock Terrace is a road in the E14 postcode area

NEARBY PUBS
Railway Tavern The Railway Tavern was generally known as Charlie Brown’s.


Poplar

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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Poplar, 1910.
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Poplar Baths (2005)
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1 Cabot Square
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Pennyfields, Poplar (around 1900)
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Poplar, 1910.
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1 Cabot Square
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Burdett Road by Baggally Street (1906)
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Pennyfields, Poplar (around 1900)
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Two unidentified girls, with tobacconist in the background on Emmett Street, Limehouse [c.1949–1956]
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Limehouse Causeway photographed in November 1936. The street was the home to the original Chinatown of London. A combination of bomb damage during the Second World War and later redevelopment means that almost nothing is left of the original buildings.
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Castor Street Chinese Laundry, Limehouse
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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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