A gentle plug for The Gentle Author of Spitalfields

You are sick of reading about politics. We are sick of writing about politics. What to do? Read something else like Spitalfields Life by The Gentle Author is what.

Popping ‘Wapping” into the site’s search box will present you with a wonderful list of Wapping stories that will inform and educate you for many an hour.

Monochrome photographs

The photographs of William Whiffin (1878-1957) are a gorgeous selection of monochrome photographs by what The Gentle Author regards one of the great unsung London photographers including many of Wapping.

The Cecile Moss of Old Montague St story is another gem, Cecile came to England from Jamaica in 1955 with her sister Clorine and mother, Marlene Moss, to live in Old Montague St in Spitalfields.

If for some odd reason you do not live in Wapping but somewhere further afield like Shadwell or along The Highway then this cracking history of The Lost Hamlet Of Ratcliff by guest author Tom Bolton publish in 2015 is essential reading.

Here is a flavour.

Red Cliff

“The name ‘Ratcliff’ derives from the Red Cliff, a bank of light-red gravel which once rose from the Thames above Wapping Marsh. The gravel is now impossible to detect, much of it dug out and distributed around the globe as ballast in the ships that left Ratcliff for destinations far and wide.”

Now there’s a thought – all that Ratcliff gravel transported all over the world. And of course ‘the Thames above Wapping Marsh’ became Shadwell. And many of us pass along The (Ratcliff) Highway every day. The name was changed due to the Ratcliff Highway’s reputation as a place where murder and mayhem were rife.

See what Dickens saw

In the Footsteps of Charles Dickens in Shadwell & Limehouse is another wonderful read.

What better way to spend some free time walking the same streets as Dickens with one of his books in hand and seeing Shadwell and Limehouse through his eyes?

Tokens of unrequited love

We were reminded of by an article in today’s Guardian entitled “Tokens of unrequited love? Thames yields ‘crooked coins’ tossed in by romantics”. How could anyone not be fascinated by the amazing finds from mudlark Steve Brooker’s collection?

Many thanks to The Gentle Author for such dedicated work.





 

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