The East End: A Brief History
Mar 2013 24

500 years ago, the East End was no more than green fields through which an old Roman road from Colchester to the City of London passed. The landscapewould have been dominated by the old Roman wall and the Norman St. Paul’s Cathedral, which was some 180 feet taller than the present one.

By the beginning of the 1600s the unpleasant, smelly and dirty trades were being established, epitomised by the building of slaughter houses, fish farms, breweries and factories. This happened on the east side of London because the dominant west winds kept the smells away from what was to become the rich, fashionable and aristocratic West End.

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Banksy Work Stolen From Poundland
Mar 2013 26

A Banksy mural has been put up for auction on a US website with a guide price of up to £450,000 after being removed from a building in north London

The artwork of a barefoot boy using a sewing machine to stitch union flag bunting, apparently in a sweatshop, appeared on the outside wall of a Poundland shop in Wood Green in May. It was widely interpreted as condemning child labour and mocking the impending Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations.

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