In an area first referred to in 1288 as La Mile Ende, with Daniella you will hear about the Peasants’ Revolt, the pupils who attended London’s first Ragged School, the streets where politician George Lansbury and his family called home, the Mile End Murder, the creation of Tower Hamlets Cemetery as one of the “Magnificent Seven” in the Victorian Era and the redevelopment of St Clement's Hospital from a former mental institution to London’s first ever Community Land Trust bringing affordable homes to the area, how Mile End survived devastation during World War II and the history of the Banana Bridge!
While a certain sporting event in 2012 has transformed the area west of Stratford, the Lower Lea Valley between Stratford and the Thames still retains a post-industrial feel. In this two-hour walk, Rob Smith looks at the industrial heritage of the area and the fantastic Victorian (and earlier) architecture that remains. He will talk about how the Lea was important to the development of London. You will see buildings associated with railways, printing, canals, sewage, mills, shipbuilding and gas supply, and see what is planned in the area for the future.