The Battle for Bethnal Green

The Tour

Once a semi-rural hamlet, nineteenth-century Bethnal Green was swallowed up as London grew. It was to become the most deprived area of the newly industrialised hub of the British Empire. People began to pour into the newly created Metropolis, seeking work. This flood of people was to lead to crisis after crisis.

How was the once green hamlet of Bethnal Green to cope with the urban life thrust upon it?

The Nichol Slum 1889 - The Battle for Bethnal Green

The Nichol Slum 1889

Sydney Waterlow - The Battle for Bethnal Green

Sydney Waterlow

Many took up the challenge of improving life in the growing metropolis. Philanthropists addressed the issues not addressed by the authorities.

They resisted the siren call of profit margins, and put the welfare of their fellows before self enrichment.

Even today there are challenges which Bethnal Green has to face. From housing and health to the air that we breathe, we will visit sites which testify to the fight to ensure a decent chance for all.

 

Details – The Battle for Bethnal Green

Please go to the SCHEDULE to see whether this tour is currently on offer, and for booking details.

MEET: In front of the Clerk’s House, next to the church of St Leonard, Shoreditch High Street.
Duration: Two hours (approximately).

If you have any questions about this walk, contact me

Pictures sourced from Wikimedia Commons

 

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