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Vanished without trace: Mile End (guided walk)
Thu 11 May 2017, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
If you come out of Mile End station today you are mostly looking at a modern urban landscape. The old Georgian houses run along the north side of the road, but you would never guess, from looking around you, that before WW2 Mile End station was surrounded by three cinemas offering nearly 5,000 seats.
Mile End was once a rural retreat for wealthy merchants. It was suddenly transformed by the arrival of the railways and streets of terraced housing.
There were some very talented people working around here; philanthropists, silversmiths and trade union leaders. The walk also features stories of gangsters, horticulturalists, a mad inventor and a crazed tyrannical monarch.
Not much of the past survives on the streets here, but there are some clues. I'll be bringing some of my research papers out with me - copies of court documents, photos and old maps to bring to life how life was once lived close to Mile End station.
Join me, Alan Tucker, to take to the streets to explore the (almost) vanished local history.