Author Archives: Mick Lemmerman

The West Ferry Estate

The area immediately to the west of Harbinger School was one of the poorest of the Island, and was known for its slum housing. The Rev. Richard Free took charge of St Cuthbert’s Church in 1897, and stayed for a … Continue reading

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The End of the Island – Blackwall Entrance Lock

There are occasionally discussions in various Facebook groups – well, the ones that I’m a member of – about the geographical extent of the Island. The river’s an obvious boundary, but what about the northern boundary? Where does the Island end … Continue reading

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The Public Library in Strattondale Street

It was good to hear that ASDA is abandoning its plans for a massive development on its mudchute site (see Second Tower Hamlets ‘people victory’ as Asda scraps Isle of Dogs development), but I didn’t realise that – had it … Continue reading

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War Damage to Shelters in Poplar

While researching the article, The Tragedy at Bullivant’s Wharf, I made use of some papers I had received from The National Archives: “Poplar Met Boro – War Damage to Shelters (POP/30)”. The papers describe the examination of the damage to a … Continue reading

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Pictorial History of the Millwall Docks. Part 5: Closure

The introduction of containers for cargo handling in the mid-1960s was the beginning of the end for the India and Millwall Docks. Despite the Millwall Docks being amongst the most modern and well-equipped in the world, they could not handle … Continue reading

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Limehouse Hole

The origins of the name Limehouse Hole are not certain. This 1745 map mentions Limekiln Holes, in the plural, and possibly referring the stretch of river, rather than a place on dry land. My own theory is that a hole was … Continue reading

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Me new book – A Dictionary of Lost East London

Excuse the blatant self-promotion for a moment, but I’ve just published another book. As the cover blurb says, “An absolute must for anyone interested in the history of East London or who is exploring their East London ancestry – a comprehensive … Continue reading

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