Grosvenor Buildings, E14

Block in/near Poplar, existed between 1885 and 1964

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2020

Grosvenor Buildings were a late nineteenth century development.

Grosvenor Buildings replaced back-to-back slums in 1885.

Two-hundred old and insanitary buildings - including a farmhouse on Robin Hood Lane - were demolished by the Metropolitan Board of Works to make way for the 500 flats, which had one to four rooms. Each flat was fitted with an inside toilet and piped running water.

In 1964 the Robin Hood Gardens housing estate was built on this site.


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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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Norman Norrington   
Added: 8 Jun 2021 08:08 GMT   

Blechynden Street, W10
Lived here #40 1942-1967

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Brenda Newton   
Added: 5 Jun 2021 07:17 GMT   

Hewer Street W10
John Nodes Undertakers Hewer Street W10

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Added: 3 Jun 2021 15:50 GMT   

All Bar One
The capitalisation is wrong

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Abbeville Road (1940 street directory)
North west side
1A Clarke A S Ltd, motor engineers
15 Plumbers, Glaziers & Domestic Engineers Union
25 Dixey Edward, florist
27 Vicary Miss Doris J, newsagent
29 Stenning John Andrew, dining rooms
31 Clarke & Williams, builders
33 Hill Mrs Theodora, confectioner
35 Golding W & sons, corn dealers
... here is Shandon road ...
37 Pennington Mrs Eliz Harvie, wine & spirit merchant
39 Westminster Catering Co Ltd, ham, beef & tongue dealers
41 Masters A (Clapham) Ltd, butchers
43 Thomas Euan Ltd, grocers
45 Garrett C T & Co Ltd, undertakers
47 Mayle T & Sons, fishmongers
49 Mayles Ltd, fruiterers
51 & 73 Hardy Arthur Sydney, draper
53 United Dairies (London) Ltd
... here is Narbonne avenue ...
55 Norris William Lennox, baker
57 Silver Star Laundry Ltd
59 Thorp John, oilman
61 Bidgood Leonard George, boot makers
63 Wilkie Rt Miln, chemist
65 Gander George Albert Isaac, hairdresser
67 Harris Alfred William, greengrocer
69 & 71 Lambert Ernest & Son Ltd, grocers
... here is Hambolt road ...
73 & 51 Hardy Arthur Sydney, draper
75 Cambourn Frederick, butcher
77 Siggers Clement, chemist
77 Post, Money Order, Telephone Call & Telegraph Office & Savings Bank
79 Hemmings William, baker
... here is Elms road ...
85 Cornish Joseph
91 Bedding Mrs
151 Johnson Mrs H K
157 Robinson Albert Ernest, grainer
173 Yardleys London & Provincial Stores Ltd, wine & spirit merchants
175 Clark Alfred, butcher
175A Morley Douglas Frederick, confectioner
... here is Crescent lane ...
... her is St Alphonsus road ...

South east side
... here is Trouville road ...
4 Bossy Miss, private school
... here are Bonneville gardens ...
24 Osborn Charles Edward, ladies hairdresser
24 Hall H Ltd, builders
24A Walton Lodge Laundry Ltd
... here are Shandon road & Abbeville mansions ...
28 Copley Fred Smith, chemist
30 Finch H G Ltd, laundry
32 Carter William Alfred, furniture dealer
34 Spriggs Charles & Co, wireless supplies dealer
36 Miles Frederick William, confectioner
38 Pitman Frederick, hairdresser
40 Rowe Frederick F, valeting service
42 Modridge Edward J, oilman
... here is Narbonne avenue ...
44 Southorn Albert, butcher
46 Brown Ernest, fruiterer
48 Stanley Mrs A A, confectioner
50 Fryatt Owen, delixatessen store
52 Benbrooks, domestic stores
54 Davis William Clifford, boot repairer
56 Blogg Alfred, newsagent
58 Rowlands Thomas & Sons, dairy
... here are Hambalt, Elms, Franconia, Caldervale & Leppoc roads ...
124 Clarke Frederick, decorator
... here are Crescent lane, Briarwood road & Park hill ...

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Added: 2 Jun 2021 16:58 GMT   

Parachute bomb 1941
Charles Thomas Bailey of 82 Morley Road was killed by the parachute bomb March 1941

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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.

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MCNALLY    
Added: 17 May 2021 09:42 GMT   

Blackfriars (1959 - 1965)
I lived in Upper Ground from 1959 to 1964 I was 6 years old my parents Vince and Kitty run the Pub The Angel on the corner of Upper Ground and Bodies Bridge. I remember the ceiling of the cellar was very low and almost stretched the length of Bodies Bridge. The underground trains run directly underneath the pub. If you were down in the cellar when a train was coming it was quite frightening

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PETER FAIRCLOUGH   
Added: 10 May 2021 14:46 GMT   

We once lived here
My family resided at number 53 Brindley Street Paddington.
My grandparents George and Elizabeth Jenkinson (ne Fowler) had four children with my Mother Olive Fairclough (ne Jenkinson) being born in the house on 30/09/1935.
She died on 29/04/2021 aged 85 being the last surviving of the four siblings

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
All Saints’ Church All Saints’ is a church in Newby Place, Poplar.
Chrisp Street Market Chrisp Street Market is the central marketplace and town centre of Poplar.
Poplar Baths Poplar Baths is a former public bath house dating from 1933.
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.

NEARBY STREETS
Aberfeldy Street, E14 Aberfeldy Street runs south from Abbott Road.
Aberfeldy Village, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
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.
Albert Court North, E14 Albert Court North is a building in Blackwall.
Albert Court South, E14 Albert Court South is a building in Blackwall.
Arniston Way, E14 Arniston Way is a location in London.
Ashton Street, E14 Ashton Street was named for a local landowner.
Aspen Way, E14 Aspen Way is a road in the E14 postcode area
Athol Square, E14 Athol Square is a road in the E14 postcode area
Baffin Way, E14 Baffin Way is a newer road, dating from the 1990s.
Bazely Street, E14 Bazely Street was originally Bow Lane.
Benledi Street, E14 Benledi Street is one of the older streets in the district..
Billingsgate Market, E14 Billingsgate Market is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Biscayne Avenue, E14 Biscayne Avenue is a 1990s-vintage road
Blackwall Way, E14 Blackwall Way dates from the seventeenth century.
Blair Street, E14 Blair 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 is a road in the E14 postcode area
Bullivant Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Chilcot Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Clove Crescent, E14 Clove Crescent is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Coriander Avenue, E14 Coriander Avenue is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Cottage Street, E14 Cottage Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Cotton Street, E14 Cotton Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Deauville Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Discovery House, E14 Residential block
Dominion Walk, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
East India Dock Road, E14 East India Dock Road is an important artery connecting the City of London to Essex, and partly serves as the high street of Poplar
East India Dock Wall Road, E14 East India Dock Wall Road followed an early 19th century high stock brick wall leading to the former East India Dock.
East Quay, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Fairmont Avenue, E14 Fairmont Avenue 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
Follett Street, E14 Follett Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Gaselee Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Glass Blowers House, E14 A block along the East India Dock Road.
Harrow Lane, E14 Harrow Lane is a road in the E14 postcode area
Helen Mackay House, E14 Residential block
Hoover Tower, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Ida Street, E14 Ida Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Indigo Mews, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
John Smith Mews, E14 John Smith Mews is a road of the Virginia Quay development.
Kerbey Street, E14 Kerbey Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Langdon House, E14 Residential block
Lansbury Gardens, E14 British politician and social reformer who led the Labour Party from 1932 to 1935.
Lodore Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Longitude House, E14 Despite its name, Longitude House lies 0.0019 degrees west of the Prime Meridian.
Market Square, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Market Way, E14 Market Way is a road in the E14 postcode area
Michigan Building, E14 The Michigan Building is a development in Blackwall.
Mountague Place, E14 This is a street in the E14 postcode area
Mulberry Place, E14 Mulberry Place is a block beside the entrance to the Blackwall Tunnel.
Naval House, E14 Naval House is situated in Naval Row.
Naval Row, E14 Naval Row is an old road in Blackwall.
New Providence Wharf, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
New Village Avenue, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Newby Place, E14 Newby Place is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Newport Avenue, E14 Newport Avenue is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
North Dockside, E14 North Dockside is a road in the E14 postcode area
Nutmeg Lane, E14 Nutmeg Lane is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Oliphant Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Ontario Tower, E14 A block in the E14 postcode.
Oregano Drive, E14 Oregano Drive is a road in the E14 postcode area
Paul Julius Close, E14 Paul Julius Close is a road in the E14 postcode area
Pomfret Place, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Prestage Way, E14 Prestage Way is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Prestons Road, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Prime Meridian Walk, E14 Prime Meridian Walk is a location in London.
Province Square, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Quixley Street, E14 Quixley Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Robin Hood Gardens, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Robin Hood Lane, E14 Robin Hood Lane is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Rosemary Drive, E14 Rosemary Drive is a road in the E14 postcode area
Saffron Avenue, E14 Saffron Avenue 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
St Lawrence Street, E14 St Lawrence Street connects Prestons Road with Blackwall Way.
St Leonards Road, E14 St Leonards Road is a location in London.
St. Frideswides Mews, E14 St Frideswides Mews is a small street in Poplar.
St. Leonards Road, E14 St Leonard’s Road was once the only road through a rural Poplar - called Bow Lane and before that Poplar Lane.
Streamlight Tower, E14 Streamlight Tower is a block in Blackwall.
Sturry Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Susannah Street, E14 Susannah Street is a road in the E14 postcode area
Tapley Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
The Arcade, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Valencia Close, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Vesey Path, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Virginia Quay, E14 Virginia Quay was built by Barrett Homes in 2000.
Webber Path, E14 Webber Path serves Blashill Court.
Williamsburg Plaza, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Willis Street, E14 A street within the E14 postcode
Woodall Close, E14 Woodall Close is a road in the E14 postcode area
Woodstock Terrace, E14 Woodstock Terrace is a road in the E14 postcode area
Woolmore Street, E14 Woolmore Street is one of the streets of London in the E14 postal area.
Wooster Gardens, E14 Wooster Gardens runs from Dee Street to Blair Street.


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.


LOCAL PHOTOS
Poplar, 1910.
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Poplar Baths (2005)
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Poplar Dock
Old London postcard
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East India Road, Poplar
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Lochnagar Street, Poplar
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Northern entrance to the Blackwall Tunnel in 1899
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Poplar Baths (2005)
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Poplar Dock
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East India Road, Poplar
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Blackwall station and its pier in the early 20th century. East India Dock Wall Road led to it.
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East India Dock Gates and the entrance to Blackwall Tunnel (1929). The photograph is taken from the corner of Woolmore Street and Robin Hood Lane. In the background is the Poplar Hospital for Accidents
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