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Bow and Bromley-by-Bow, at the heart of London's East End, grew up around crossings over the river Lea. The area saw rapid changes from a seventeenth-century rural retreat to densely populated terraced streets, as mills were built along the river and a variety of industries developed - such as gunpowder, silk and matches. In his new book, Gary Haines brings to life the hidden history of Bow and Bromley-by-Bow, the stories behind the pubs and streets, churches and schools, as well extraordinary survivals from the past - despite massive redevelopment over the last few decades. He also describes the achievements of the Suffragettes and the Bryant & May matchgirls, who forced their bosses, through strike action, to address the problems of appalling working conditions and endemic ill-health caused by their work.Illustrated with engravings, drawings and photographs from the collection held at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archive, "Bow & Bromley-by-Bow" is the first book to focus on this part of the City, and will be welcomed by anyone whose roots are in the East End.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750947916
ISBN-10: 0750947918
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 165mm x 10mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Gary Haines

GARY HAINES is the author of Bethnal Green (Tempus, 2002) and is also a regular contributor to the East London History Society newsletter. He has lived in the East End of London all his life.