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A godsend for a Brummie with newly discovered East End roots
on 20 December 2013
I recently confirmed that my paternal grandmother was born in Whitechapel (she moved to Birmingham as an 11-year old but none of her 10 children were ever sure of this). I purchased this book on the strength of other Amazon reviews and the Kindle extracts. In my 64 years I have been to London many times but only for the usual central area tourist spots and various football/cricket grounds. The East End is a complete mystery. This book has shed a new light on the area, covering what is now Tower Hamlets which is made up of all the old districts/parishes such as Whitechapel, Stepney and Bethnal Green. It is full of historical information and references for both online resources and where you can see original documents. This book is highly recommended. The only slight gripe is the quality of the maps/illustrations which look like bad photocopies. Personally I would not be happy with the e-version due to the need to keep referring to the appendices at the back of the book.