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You say Coldharbour, I say Cold Harbour

We better get this out of the way immediately; I am sure some of you may be asking yourself, “Is Cold Harbour actually a part of the Isle of Dogs?” It’s a valid question – the area has always been … Continue reading

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Nellie Frances Cressall

Poplar was once blessed with outstanding local government and politicians – politicians who demonstrably improved the lot of the residents of what is now E14, and who were even prepared to go to prison in support of their beliefs (see Poplarism … Continue reading

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Island Pubs and Beer Houses

Update, September 2017: A lot more photos and updated information (including the odd newspaper article) have emerged since this article was originally posted in 2014. The article has been updated to include these. I’ve also tried to arrange the photos … Continue reading

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Where we learned to rite proper

Most children in the early 1800s, if they were schooled at all, attended classes in church halls or in the homes of teachers who charged for the privilege, as demonstrated by Miss Emily Bradshaw, who set up a school in … Continue reading

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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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