Poplar History Books

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

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“Poplar Memories is a vivid impression of Cockney London before and during the Second World War, set in a teeming, rundown docklands neighbourhood famous for being, well, one end of the Blackwall Tunnell. John Hector’s spellbinding account of his early life in the 1920s and ’30s conjures up a vanished era when simplicity and happiness went hand-in-hand. Halcyon days of ‘talking pictures’ and pavement buskers, Saturday night knees-ups round the piano, eel and pie stalls, chimneysweeps, ‘boxers’, Clarnico’s toffees and Lloyd Loom furniture, and a little shop called Woolworth’s selling ‘nothing over sixpence’ – unless it’s a shilling. All this was to disappear forever in the horrors of the Blitz. The author was disabled by infantile paralysis – yet he became School Captain and embarked on a successful career at 14, surviving extreme poverty, panel doctors, dockers’ riots and Hitler’s Luftwaffe with an unshakeable belief in the ordinary people of Poplar.”
Poplar Memories

“Illustrated with 200 archive photographs, postcards and other ephemera this intriguing volume recreates the diverse and fascinating history of Poplar and Limehouse. This book recalls a variety of everyday scenes, and highlights the changes in housing, streets, transport, fashion, business and industry that have taken place here. Accompanied by detailed and informative text, each image encapsulates the individuality and community spirit of Poplar and Limehouse and its inhabitants. This book is sure to appeal to readers who have known the area and to those who live in the region today.”
– Around Poplar & Limehouse (Archive Photographs)

Please find in our Poplar History Books panel (above) various books which can be bought online. We also include the excellent Godfrey maps of Poplar, which show the streets, houses, public houses, etc., and have the bonus of having a Business Directory of the area on the reverse.

We at FamLoc are interested in republishing out-of-print Poplar history books (and new ones), and welcome suggestions.


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