The Dark Side of East London

David Charnick

* Vivid reconstructions of crimes and misdeeds illustrate the little-known richness of local history beyond the stereotypes.

* The thematic arrangement of the chapters highlights darker aspects of the development of East London.

* The reconstructions are presented within their socio-historic and legal contexts to show their place in London's stor
Date Published :
November 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
32 illustrations
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781399075121

Dimensions : 9.1 X 6.1 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-OrderPages : 208
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Just hearing the phrase ‘the East End’ summons up images of slums and dark alleyways, with Jack the Ripper appearing from the mist, or housing estates and pubs where you might find the Kray twins. It is a place of poverty and menace, yet these images can prevent us from seeing the reality of life east of the City of London, and of its dark history. This study features stories of crimes and misdeeds that show what life was like in this area before the 'East End' existed. They also reflect the changes caused as the settlements of the Tower Hamlets became absorbed by the new metropolis of London.

As there is nothing new under the sun, so these stories find their modern counterparts in our times. However, they also take us into unfamiliar territory as they bring to light the often forgotten past that underlies the present-day streets and lurks behind the façades of some of the area’s older buildings. Many of the stories will be unfamiliar and indeed strange, but yet they show how the character and notoriety of the City’s famous shadow has been formed. Paying scrupulous attention to place, this volume features a wealth of specially-commissioned photographs, allowing the reader to locate these stories in the present-day London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

About The Author

David Charnick was born in Bethnal Green in 1964 and has never left. A qualified City of London guide, he is active in developing a guiding culture in Tower Hamlets through both guiding and teaching, promoting the awareness of the East End’s heritage at street level. Having earned two postgraduate degrees from the University of London, he has an academic interest in London-based fiction, and has self-published two volumes of stories.

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