The 1930s East End

By Londonist Staff Last edited 14 months ago
The 1930s East End

The East End of London in the 1930s was a hive of activity, from factories and riots, to locals preparing for war. Take a look at the decade in photos:

Whitechapel High Street
Source Old Pics Archive
That old East End staple, jellied eels.
Source Old London
Father Christmas hands out presents at the Hoxton Mission, 1933
Source The Ripper
East End, 1934
Source Old Pics Archive
The warehouses of Shad Thames
Source Sir William Davenant
The Hope Tavern on Pollards Row, Bethnal Green, 1939
Source The Ripper
Now the site of London City Airport, this is what King George V and Royal Albert Docks looked like in 1930
Source The Ripper
Willow Row, Limehouse
Source The Ripper
A London lighterman, 1930
Source Rob Baker
The original Chinatown was situated in Limehouse
Source The Ripper
Workers at West India Docks, 1930
Source London Life
An East End girl dancing the Lambeth Walk, 1939
Source Old London
A woman is arrested at the Battle of Cable Street in October
Source East End Women's Museum
North Bank, West Ham, 1930s
Source Old London
A couple strolling hand in hand across Tower Bridge, 1939
Source The Ripper
Inside Pilkington's glass blowing and stained glass factory in Hoxton, 1934
Source The Ripper
Hillcott House, Shoreditch
Source This Brutal House
A policeman holds back traffic for a herd of pigs in Spitalfields
Source Old Pics Archive
West Ham fans take a moment during a match to view an eclipse of the sun, probably April 1930
Source Old London
Curators at Whitechapel Gallery
Source
The Jolly Butchers, Brick Lane, 1930
Source The Ripper
An East End rag and bone man doing his rounds.
Source Old London
Rent demonstration in east London, 1930s
Source Old London
Spotted Dog pub, West Ham, 1930
Source Old London
Policemen dismantle a barrier near Mark Lane
Source Gagdaily
Women at work in a toy car factory in Walthamstow.
Source Old London
Tower of London viewed from Tower Bridge
Source Historicroyalpalaces
Barge horses waiting for their barge at Bow Bridge
Source Old London
Workmen erect Anderson shelters in the street for houses without gardens, September 1939
Source The Ripper
Street cricket, East End, 1930
Source Old London

Last Updated 07 March 2017