In Photos: The 1920s East End

By Londonist Staff Last edited 14 months ago
In Photos: The 1920s East End

From jellied eels to shoeless, kids boxing in the street — here is the East End of the 1920s.

Ratcliffe Highway, 1920s
Source Joe Flanagan
Bryant & May factory, workplace of many of the London match girls, 1920
Source The Ripper
Shoreditch in 1929
Source Rob Baker
An exhausted Sylvia Pankhurst is toasted by the East End after her release from prison, 1921
Source The Ripper
Petticoat Lane Market, 1920s
Source Old London
Shoreditch Station, 1926
Source Yesteryear
E Bond and Son, East End greengrocer in Three Colt Street, 1923
Source The Ripper
Commercial Road, 1926
Source History in Moments
Spitalfields Market, 1928
Source Old London
Two men eating jellied eels in the East End, 1927
Source Nika Garrett
Barefoot boxing match, East End, 1920
Source The Ripper
Fournier Street
Source Spitalfieldse1
Mary Smith, who earned sixpence a week shooting dried peas at sleeping workers' windows. A Knocker-up was a profession in England and Ireland as late as the 1920s.
Source Londonhistorian
Shoreditch station c.1920
Source David
Brick Lane Market, 1920
Source Spitalfieldslife
Whitechapel hay market, 1920
Source Old London
Whitechapel Road, 1920s
Source Old London
Trinity Almshouses, Mile End Road
Source Old Pics Archive
The Grapes, Narrow Street, 1920
Source The Ripper
East End children go on a day out to East India Docks, 1920
Source The Ripper
Taylor's Pie House, 1920s
Source Pie and Mash
Lynedoch Street, Shoreditch, 1920
Source The Ripper
Mr Sidney Short outside his shop on the Roman Road
Source The Ripper
Ivory floor, London Dock
Source Old London
Central granary at Millwall Docks, 1920
Source The Ripper
A budding Charlie Chaplin impersonator in the East End, 1927
Source The Ripper
Men rescuing residents in Rotherhithe during a flood, 1928
Source Vintag
London Docks, 1920
Source Old London
King Edward Memorial Park, Shadwell, 1920
Source The Ripper
King George V at the opening of the King Edward VII memorial park in Shadwell, 1922
Source The Ripper
Paddy's Goose Boys Club, Shadwell, 1925
Source The Ripper
Whitechapel aerial photograph, 1921
Source The Ripper
Moody picture of The Baltic Fleet, Wapping, 1929
Source John Francis Dempsey
One of a few historic pubs along Wapping riverside, today and 1920
Source Nika Garrett
Lynedoch Street (formerly Mary Street) in Stepney, 1920
Source The Ripper
Burnt Ash Lane Bromley, 1923
Source Bromley Gloss London Borough of Bromley Curren

Last Updated 31 March 2017