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A Local’s Guide to Poplar

Poplar, walking tour, a local's guide, Poplar Union, Clare Smith, Tower Hamlets, history of East London, learn about the history of the area, Limehouse, Mile End, Bow
Poplar, walking tour, a local's guide, Poplar Union, Clare Smith, Tower Hamlets, history of East London, learn about the history of the area, Limehouse, Mile End, Bow

Join local amateur historian and Poplar Union Community Champion, Clare Smith, on this relaxed and informal guide to Poplar- one of London’s best hidden gems.

What to expect

Has Poplar always been like it is now? What was it like 100s of years ago, in Victorian times, before and after World War 2? Did Poplar commemorate the Festival of Britain? Where is Stinkhouse Bridge? To find out the answers to these, and other questions, join us on this 2-hour walk along the Limehouse Cut and around Poplar!

Find out about an area rich in historical sites such as the East India Company church and almshouses and the first enclosed docks. Stand where radical heroes spoke! Discover the relationship between the radicalism, slavery, colonialism, resilience and entrepreneurialism and how these affected and shaped the economy and communities in the local area.

Meet at 1.30pm-2pm in e5 Roasthouse
Walk at 2pm-4pm

A bit about Clare

Clare Smith has a background in education, welfare rights and political/social action, having lived and worked in Poplar for over 15 years. During this time, she has become increasingly interested in the rich layers of social-economic history of the locality, the effects these elements played on local communities and the relationships between these and the locality.

Sun 10 May 1.30pm-4pm

Free (Donations on the day go to Clare)
Age range: All ages welcome

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