History: Exploring the East End
First published in 2001, this collection of walks
through London's East End proved so popular that the
book sold out within a matter of months. Now, due
to continuing demand, we are reissuing the book and
making Rosemary Taylor's wonderful historic walks
available to a new readership.
The routes chosen for these walks through history
reveal the rich, varied character of one of the most
distinctive parts of London – the East End.
Each walk has been meticulously researched, and the
routes are planned to begin and end at an Underground
station or bus stop.
They take the walker through hundreds of years of
the East End's dense and surprising history, from
the now-distant days when the area was considered
an idyllic rural retreat from the grim, smoky City
of London, through the industrial boom and the rise
of the docks, the destruction of the Blitz, the abrupt
decline after World War Two and, now, the resurrection
of Docklands as London's new financial centre.
As well as the guided walks, the volume is full of
evocative historical illustrations, and the armchair
traveller will get as much enjoyment from these guided
tours as the intrepid walker who explores the highways
and byways of backstreet East London.