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The East End Old & New

The East End Old & New
Photo: Mary Sewell

London's poorest borough has over the centuries hosted waves of hopeful immigrants in search of a better life. All have left their imprint on the area, bringing new trades from silk-weaving and the rag trade to curry-houses. Hand in hand with poverty came crime, prostitution, exploitation but also pioneering charities. Today's East End is vibrant and edgy, its traditional 17C and 18C houses being snapped up by artists, designers and city folk.

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