Photos Of East London Through The Years

By Londonist Staff Last edited 19 months ago
Photos Of East London Through The Years

The East End of London evokes strong visual images, from the Cockneys to costermongers, Bengalis to Brick Lane, and even the devastation suffered in The Blitz.

These old photos of the area are a fascinating look back at how some of the more familiar spots used to look.

Spitalfields, 1975
Source Spitalfieldslife
PDSA, East End, 1917
Source Pets pyjamas.com
Source Spitalfieldslife
Crispin Street taken by C.A. Mathew in 1912. From the Special Collections at Bishopsgate Institute
Source Joe Flanagan
Shoreditch, 1952
Source The Ripper
Christ Church Spitalfields, 1979
Source Rob Baker
Spitalfields, 1970s
Source Dennis Severs' House
1944 - the London Fire Brigade treat East End children from Hackney and Shoreditch to a pantomime show
Source The Ripper
Hillcott House, Shoreditch
Source This Brutal House
Brick Lane Market, 1920
Source Spitalfieldslife
Brick Lane in 1978
Source Old Pics Archive
A policeman holds back traffic for a herd of pigs in Spitalfields
Source Old Pics Archive
Clerkenwell Road, 1901
Source Londonhistorian
Cheshire Street in Shoreditch, January 1973
Source Rob Baker
88 football pitches in one place; Hackney Marshes 1951
Source Historical Pics
Firemen on Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell
Source Mike Cotton
Spitalfields
Source Spitalfields Trust
An East End rag and bone man doing his rounds.
Source Old London
Winston Churchill visits bombed buildings in East End of London, 1940
Source Churchill War Rooms
Regent's Canal in Shoreditch, 1955
Source Londonhistorian
Rent demonstration in east London, 1930s
Source Old London
The Rio cinema in Dalston, 1950s
Source Pinterest
Spitalfields, 1965
Source Spitalfieldslife
Spitalfields Market, 1928
Source Old London
Club Row, Shoreditch, 1965
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Spitalfields, 1972
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Shoreditch Station, 1926
Source Old London
The old Poplar Street Baths in a Grade II listed building that was constructed in 1933 and closed to the public in 1988
Source Kitwintt

Last Updated 28 March 2017