Bow & Bromley by Bow, by Gary Haines
Illustrated with engravings, drawings and photographs from the collection held at Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archive, Bow and Bromley-by-Bow is the first book to focus on the history of this part of the city, and will be welcomed by anyone whose roots are in the East End.
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, matches and bone china. 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.
Paperback: 128 pages
Published by: The History Press, 2008