Mrs. Caroline Roberts of 22 Lindfield street, Poplar, London seen here in November 1940 feeding cats made homeless by the Nazi bombing raids

Woman feeding stray cats during November 1940 Mrs. Caroline Roberts of 22 Lindfield street, Poplar, London seen here in November 1940 feeding cats made homeless by the Nazi bombing raids. Battle of Britain collection

Hester Hawes Almshouses poplar 1920

Hester Hawes Almshouses on Bow Lane (lately Bazely Street), Poplar, circa 1920

Poplar high street near the White Horse pub

Poplar high street near the White Horse pub I've got a feeling this would have been the kind of lodging house Provis would have been put up in.

Rows of WWII era pre-fabs at Stoneyard Lane, Poplar, East London.

Rows of WWII era pre-fabs at Stoneyard Lane, Poplar, East London. Some are now listed structures

Chrisp Street, Poplar, c1905Chrisp Street ran for half a mile and was crammed with shops, barrows and stalls. Here, locals are keen to feature on a new postcard by Stengel  Co

Chrisp Street, Poplar, Street ran for half a mile and was crammed with shops, barrows and stalls. Here, locals are keen to feature on a new postcard by Stengel Co

An Irish street in Poplar: "Rook Street, a street of tightly packed terraced houses in Poplar, east London, decorated with flags and banners for a Roman Catholic celebration in about 1914… for the appointment of the new pope, Benedict XV." Rook St run between Poplar High Street and East India Road, where the Will Crooks Estate stands today. It was closed in 1935-9 as part of the Sophia Street Clearance Scheme by the LCC involving the demolition of nearly 200 dwellings on an area of 5.25…

An Irish street in Poplar: Rook Street, decorated for the appointment of the new pope, Benedict XV. Closed in as part of the Sophia Street Clearance Scheme by the LCC involving the demolition of nearly 200 dwellings.

Road leading from West India Dock Rd towards Poplar high street

A Chinese shop in Limehouse at the turn of the centuries. This image comes from the book 'Wonderful London'. Courtesy of John Seed.

'Rip' the dog and ARP Warden Angelus visit an air raid shelter in Poplar, London, December during 1941.

WWII December 1941 Rip the dog and ARP Warden Angelus visit an air raid shelter in Poplar, London, England. Rip was very popular with the children in the shelter.

The Poplar and Stepney Sick Asylum 1800s

St Andrews Hospital Devons Road Bromley by Bow c 1934 photo thanks to Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives

Mrs. Mix and her three children in their flat at Hanbury Buildings, Poplar, East London. 1939

Mix and her three children in their flat at Hanbury Buildings, Poplar, East London.

A coloured postcard of the Poplar Hospital around 1904. The original building, on the left, opened in 1855 as the Poplar Hospital for Accidents, thanks to the Quaker banker and philanthropist Samuel Gurney. He was appalled that the dock companies made no provision for emergency medical care in the docks, despite the dangers of the work. It later became a general hospital.

A coloured postcard of the Poplar Hospital around 1904. The original building, on the left, opened in 1855 as the Poplar Hospital for Accidents, thanks to the Quaker banker and philanthropist Samuel Gurney. He was appalled that the dock companies made no provision for emergency medical care in the docks, despite the dangers of the work. It later became a general hospital.

London crowds attack a German business premises in Poplar High Street in the East End of London, 1915

A policeman stands by a burning car, set alight during a communist march in the East End of London. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images).

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