Just hearing the phrase ‘the East End’ summons up images of slums and dark alleyways, with Jack the Ripper appearing from the mist, or housing estates and pubs where you might find the Kray twins. It is a place of poverty and menace, yet these images can prevent us from seeing the reality of life east of the City of London, and of its dark history.
These stories of crimes and misdeeds show what life was like before the ‘East End’ existed. They also reflect the changes caused as the Tower Hamlets became absorbed by the new metropolis of London. Many will be unfamiliar, and indeed strange. Yet they show how the character and notoriety of the City’s famous shadow has been formed.
Paying scrupulous attention to place, this volume features a wealth of specially-commissioned photographs by Alan Tucker. They allowing the reader to locate these stories in the present-day London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
The book was published 23 September 2016 by Pen and Sword History.
Cover design © 2016 Pen and Sword Publishing
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