A weekly celebration of the folk history of the Olympic boroughs, in story and song.
In week five of our folk tales from the five London Boroughs, Ruairidh Anderson tells the story of Emmanuel Swedenborg, the East End's Swedish mystic.
‘'In 1744, Swedenborg started having strange dreams. As a single young man with a head full of pistons and lever arms he could be forgiven for having the occasional colourful dream, but these were less of the Carry On variety and more of the Apocalyptic. Swedenborg was visiting heaven and hell in his sleep."
Previously in Tower Hamlets
- Charlie Brown: Uncrowned King of Limehouse
- Angela Burdett-Coutts, Queen Of The East End Poor
- Jamrach’s Menagerie, Rhinos & the Ratcliffe Highway
- Moris 'Two-guns' Cohen