Interesting & Informative,
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Worst Street in London (Paperback)
I liked all the historical background about the waves of immigration, the Huguenots who brought their silk-weaving skills, followed by the Irish escaping from the Potato Famine, the Russian & East European Jews fleeing from the Pogroms. I was interested to learn
about William III imposing the ban on importation of wine & spirits from France, giving rise to the smuggling trade. The McCarthy
family's rise from abject poverty to being holders of a substantial property portfolio & their music hall & Hollywood connections also interested me. Fiona Rule wove a colourful account of life in London's East End at other periods in history.