The audio samples below are taken from the Queen Mary University of London East London walking tour. © Copyright Queen Mary University of London 2012. This content has been repackaged as a Smartphone Audio Tour by tellME Media.
Alastair Owens describes the labyrinth of narrow alleys and streets, which mark the boundary between the wealth of the City and the East End – an area known for its poverty, ill-health and immorality in the nineteenth century.
Altab Ali Park, Whitechapel Rd
Altab Ali Park on Whitechapel Road is named in memory of a 25-year-old Bangladeshi man who was murdered in 1978. Shortly after his death, 7,000 people marched on Trafalgar Square to demand better police protection for local minorities. The murder of Altab Ali, says Professor Parvati Nair, brought to the fore a deeply entrenched fight for political and criminal justice among the Bangla people.
Lusby’s Music Hall, Mile End Rd
Popular entertainment is at the heart of East End history, as Dr Alastair Owens explains. What is now the Genesis Cinema started life as the Eagle Pub in the 1840s. Lusby’s Music Hall, the Paragon Theatre of Varieties, and the Mile End Empire were later reincarnations. At the end of the tour, Professor Amanda Vickery gives her take on what makes a Georgian house, as seen on Mile End Road, so architecturally special.