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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