Bethnal Green History Books
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“In this fascinating book Derek Houghton gives a colourful insight into life as a real ‘East Ender’. Personal recollections and lively anecdotes are combined with a thorough social history to show a neighbourhood undergoing huge change. The memories recalled so openly by the author give a snapshot of a community characterised by contrasts. Neighbourliness and community spirit were highly valued, yet whole families often found themselves turned out onto the streets by ruthless landlords. The locations that provided the backdrop for Houghton’s early life; the Hackney Empire, Pellicci’s cafe adn Kelly’s Pie & Mash Shop, will be familiar to residents, and provide reference points for those just discovering the area. The stories and characters described so vividly are brought to life with a range of photographs.”
– A Bethnal Green Memoir: Recollections Of Life In The 1930s-1950s
“This book is part of the Images of London series, which uses old photographs and archived images to show the history of various local areas in England, through their streets, shops, pubs, and people.”
– Bethnal Green (Archive Photographs: Images of London)
We also include maps because they are a valuable source for making sense of the location and street names. Of particular interest are the Godfrey Edition maps, which are printed at a large scale, have street names included, and have the bonus of extracts from directories on the reverse, showing the names and proprietors of shops, doctors, etc.
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