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Old Poplar: In the footprints of the Midwife, Dickens, Dockers and Traders

  • Exit of All Saints Docklands Light Railway Station, East India Dock Road London E14 0EA (map)
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Shaped by the untold wealth and power of the East India Company and later dominated by the docks, Poplar was the Warehouse of the British Empire. On Daniella’s walk you will discover stories of the ordinary people of the close-knit, loyal community that lived there – the streets, churches, warehouses and schools that they worked in and attended – and of world-famous figures associated with the area, from radical politicians to maritime explorers. You will hear how Poplar was London’s original and real Chinatown in Dickens’ time, find the real-life home of Jenny and the other characters of TV’s “Call the Midwife” and see how the area has been reinvented, with the gleaming towers of Canary Wharf, to become the Chicago of London.