Matilda Bow Bridge

Essential facts about Bow

It’s named after tumbling queens and distinctive arches ‘Bow’ is an abbreviation of the medieval name Stratford-atte-Bow (Stratforde is from the Old English meaning paved way to a ford, a stone causeway through the marshes). The ‘Bow’ part is from the distinctive three-arched bridge over the River Lea whose construction was ordered in 1110 by…

Gentrification Awareness

Culture killer? Property development vs. Art

Why is art a constant in the gentrification equation?   Gentrification is a theme that crops up regularly when talking about property development in cities. Coined by Ruth Glass in 1964, the term describes the displacement of a working-class urban population by the middle class. For as long as the theories have existed, artists have…

Brick Lane - Garry Knight via Flickr

Brick Lane – a refuge for plucky underdogs

Like much of East London, Brick Lane has traditionally been a refuge for the plucky underdogs of London, an area outside the protection of the original city walls, where numerous waves of immigrants arrived to set up shop, using their trades to establish a better life for themselves, often whilst fleeing persecution from their native…

St Mary Matfelon church, popularly known as St Mary's, Whitechapel

Whitechapel’s sordid history

Jack the Ripper, the elephant man and prostitutes… Christ Church, Spitalfields   Today Whitechapel is a vibrant area of London with a rapidly growing population. It is becoming an ever more desirable area for new homes and businesses and with the Council’s 15 year regeneration plan underway it’s set to get even better. Plans include…