Bow History Books

FamLoc displays details of Bow history books and provides the facility for buying them online

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“Bow and Bromley-by-Bow, at the heart of London’s East End, grew up around crossings over the river Lea. The area saw rapid changes from a seventeenth-century rural retreat to densely populated terraced streets, as mills were built along the river and a variety of industries developed – such as gunpowder, silk, matches and bone china. In his book, Gary Haines brings to life the hidden history of Bow and Bromley-by-Bow, the stories behind the pubs and streets, churches and schools, as well as extraordinary survivals from the past – despite massive redevelopment over the last few decades. He also describes the achievements of the Suffragettes and the Bryant & May matchgirls, who forced their bosses, through strike action, to address the problems of appalling working conditions and endemic ill-health caused by their work. Illustrated with photographs, engravings and drawings from the collection held at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archive, Bow & Bromley-by-Bow is the first book to focus on this part of the City, and will be welcomed by anyone whose roots are in the East End.”
– Bow & Bromley-by-Bow (Britain in Old Photographs)

We also include maps in our Bow History Books panel (above) 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.

See also our pages for Bethnal Green, Bromley-by-Bow and other adjacent locations.

We at FamLoc are very interested in republishing out-of-print Bow history books, as well as new ones. We welcome suggestions.


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