During the early 1980s, Tarquin Hall lived on Brick Lane opposite the Beigel Bake bakery. Author of the book Salaam Brick Lane, this audio tour narrated by Tarquin gives a unique insight into an area that continues to reinvent itself.
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1. Beigel Bake
Author Tarquin Hall who previously lived opposite Beigel Bake talks of his fascination for this place and its clientele. Beigel Bake owner Sammy explains why he believes his bagels to be the best and find out the origins of the name ‘Brick Lane’.
2. Sciater Street
Tarquin explains how this whole area was until recently completely dilapidated and close to being pulled down. William Jack Fishman recounts how Oswald Mosley, and the fascist Black Shirts were defeated at the battle of Cable Street.
The American author Jack London recorded what life was like in this area in the 1920’s. Sean Hitchin, Events Manager of the club 93 Feet East talks about what it was like when they first set up in the Truman Brewery complex.
4. Old Truman Brewery
Detour off Brick lane just before the bridge down Drays Walk. Go along ‘The Strip’ and turn left. The Truman Brewery is described as more of a town than a factory.
5. Hanbury Street
Tarquin emplanes how the City of London’s’ move east and the huge changes that is taking place in this area. Landlady Sandra Esquilant talks what makes The Golden Hart with its local art scene regulars so special.
Christchurch was designed by Nicolas Hawksmoor and completed nearly 300 years ago. Weaver Town contains some of the best preserved Georgian houses in London. Over the years this area has been home to French Huguenots, Irish, Jews and bengalis
7. Princelet Street
Many Jewish performers made their names in the theaters and old music halls of London’s East End including the wartime entertainer Bud Flanagan.
8. Taj Stores
Opened in 1936, Taj Stories was one of the first Bangladeshi shops in London. Many of the people who shop here and live locally originate from Sylhet. CH N.Katz was originally a Jewish business which only sold string. This was at a time before the second world war when much of Brick Lane was Jewish.
9. Jamme Masjid Mosque
Originally built as a Huguenot Church in 1743, in the nineteenth century it then became a Jewish synagogue and then in the 1970s it became the Jamme Masjid Mosque.
10. Christchurch Infants School
Ninety percent of the pupils today are from Bangladeshi origin. On one of the drainpipes you will see the star of David, harking back to a time when the majority of the children were Jewish.
11. Cafe Naz
In 1999 a nail bomb, planted by a lone Neo-Nazi exploded outside Cafe Naz. Though the front of the restaurant was destroyed the damage was repaired and the restaurant reopened within 3 weeks.
12. Osborn Street
From the time of the First World War, the Jewish community began to leave the East End and move out to the suburbs. This was accelerated by the Second World War. Please note that A Eifes Ltd is now an art gallery called Stolenspace.
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