By John Marriott
From Jewish garments retailers to Bangladeshi curry homes, historic docks to the 2012 Olympics, the world east of the town has continuously performed a vital function in London's historical past. The East finish, because it has been identified, was once the house to Shakespeare's first theater and to the early stirrings of a mass exertions stream; it has additionally typically been noticeable as a spot of darkness and depression, the place Jack the Ripper dedicated his grotesque murders, and cholera and poverty stalked the Victorian streets.
In this superbly illustrated heritage of this iconic district, John Marriott attracts on twenty-five years of study into the topic to provide an authoritative and forever attention-grabbing account. simply by copious maps, archive prints and pictures, and the phrases of East Londoners from seventeenth-century silk weavers to Cockneys throughout the Blitz, he explores the connection among the East finish and the remainder of London, and demanding situations the various myths that encompass the area.