History of the East End
This group meets at 1:30pm on the 4th Thursday of the Month. Marian Livermore is the Group leader.
Some of the topics that we have covered are:
Effects of WW1 in the East End and how it led to inflation and many poor families could not afford the increase in food prices. There were food shortages and rationing was brought in by the Government in February 1918. Lots of food was sent away to feed the soldiers fighting in the war. There was also less food arriving from other countries because the ships bringing the supplies were often attacked by German submarines, U boats. People were encouraged to grow their own and share food.
The Blitz and destruction, including effects on the local community.
Lost manufacturing industries in the East End.
Demise of the shipping that used London Docks going back to the 1950s and 60s.
William Booth and the Salvation Army.
Dr Barnardo and the Ragged Schools.
Bryant & May Matchbox Strike.
Bow Pottery and the Bell Foundry.
Jack the Ripper Murders.
History of the East End Markets.
Famous people born in the East End.
Three Mills Island.
Old Palace at Bromley by Bow.
Bethnal Green Underground Disaster and the Silvertown Explosion.
Criminals and Villains from the East End.
Buildings that no longer exist or have changed use.
Suffragette movement in the East End.
East End Theatres and Music Halls.
History of the East End’s Emergency Services.
We are always researching new topics which crop up and there are many more that we have not covered yet