Love letter to my neighbourhood: Brick Lane, London

Interesting places, things and history of my immediate neighbourhood, Brick Lane, London. It's where the City meets Hackney & Tower Hamlets and where Shoreditch, Spitalfields and Hoxton collide.
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Club Row was the only weekly animal street market in London. Every Sunday morning traders would bring hundreds of dogs and puppies to be sold. In 1982 the  council banned the sale of animals in Club Row Market., http://bit.ly/HJJRTx.

Club Row was the only weekly animal street market in London. Every Sunday morning traders would bring hundreds of dogs and puppies to be sold. In 1982 the council banned the sale of animals in Club Row Market.

Carpenter's Arms pub, now scrubbed up and a freehouse serving a huge range of world beers http://bit.ly/H7OqM5, it used to be owned by the gangster Kray brothers, http://bit.ly/H4Fune.

When this photo was taken, The Carpenters’ Arms in Cheshire St was the most notorious pub in London – owned by the gangster twins, Reggie and Ronnie Kray who bought it in 1967 for their mother Violet.

Denis Sever, artist, created this magical house. Candle lit tours take  you through each 18th/19th reconstructed room and it feels like the Huguenot family living there have only just left, http://bit.ly/HwN9yQ.

Dennis Severs' House

G Kelly for pie and mash on Bethnal Green Road. With its origins in 18th this is a cockney classic. Don't worry the pies don't have eels in as standard anymore http://bit.ly/HyGAqX.

G Kelly for pie and mash on Bethnal Green Road. With its origins in this is a cockney classic. Don't worry the pies don't have eels in as standard anymore

The medieval Priory of St Mary Spital and its large cemetery were located under the new Spitalfields Market. You can still see the remains of the Charnel House in situ and under a transparent platform, http://bit.ly/HIuBZM.

Medieval Spitalfields: The Charnel House (or crypt) of the hospital of St Mary Sptial is now preserved under Bishops Square.

St Leonard's Church, Shoreditch, is the church in the nursery rhyme 'Oranges and Lemons', "when I grow rich, say the bells of Shoreditch, http://bit.ly/HFkJPS. By dint of the proximity to the precursory of the Globe Theatre it also has the grave of William Shakespeare's friend and builder of the Curtain Theatre, Richard Burbage.

St Leonard's Church, Shoreditch, is the church in the nursery rhyme 'Oranges and Lemons', "when I grow rich, say the bells of Shoreditch, http://bit.ly/HFkJPS. By dint of the proximity to the precursory of the Globe Theatre it also has the grave of William Shakespeare's friend and builder of the Curtain Theatre, Richard Burbage.

Not the best photo of the Bethnal Green Great Synagogue, http://bit.ly/Hb2RMd. It was bombed during the war, then rebuilt and is now the studio of the artist Rachel Whiteread complete with engraved star of David and stained glass windows, http://bit.ly/HOSwqB.

Not the best photo of the Bethnal Green Great Synagogue, http://bit.ly/Hb2RMd. It was bombed during the war, then rebuilt and is now the studio of the artist Rachel Whiteread complete with engraved star of David and stained glass windows, http://bit.ly/HOSwqB.

Terrence Conran's Boundary on Redchurch Street, http://bit.ly/HKn8eF. Oh how times have changed, http://bit.ly/HQIEd7.

The Boundary Hotel is located in London, in the Shoreditch quarter. It’s a luxurious and stylish hotel with an overall sophisticated design.

19 Princelet Street housed Huguenot silk weavers who worked in the attic. The ground floor was extended into the garden to house an Synagogue - preserved and wonderful, http://bit.ly/H866Vp.

19 Princelet Street housed Huguenot silk weavers who worked in the attic. The ground floor was extended into the garden to house an Synagogue - preserved and wonderful, http://bit.ly/H866Vp.

Artillery Passage is a handsome thoroughfare where the Artful Dodger wouldn't look out of place, the frontage of 56 is noteworthy, http://bit.ly/HIzAJW.

Artillery Passage is a handsome thoroughfare where the Artful Dodger wouldn't look out of place, the frontage of 56 is noteworthy, http://bit.ly/HIzAJW.

Old Spitalfields Market is a fine market hall. It has had a chequered history, http://bit.ly/HRjefj, supplying fruit and veg to London and now it is buzzing with shops, restaurants and stalls, http://bit.ly/Hg7vdJ.

Old Spitalfields Market is a fine market hall. It has had a chequered history, http://bit.ly/HRjefj, supplying fruit and veg to London and now it is buzzing with shops, restaurants and stalls, http://bit.ly/Hg7vdJ.

The Ten Bells pub, the literature says at least one of Jack the Ripper's victim's drank regularly in this pub and the interior has hardly changed, http://bit.ly/Hyc4Rh.

The Ten Bells pub, the literature says at least one of Jack the Ripper's victim's drank regularly in this pub and the interior has hardly changed, http://bit.ly/Hyc4Rh.

This is the lead coffin found during excavations around Spitalfields Market, http://bit.ly/H8bCKX. See the coffin at The Museum of London. The BBC commissioned a facial reconstruction of the Roman Princess buried inside, http://bbc.in/HzfAYf.

This is the lead coffin found during excavations around Spitalfields Market, http://bit.ly/H8bCKX. See the coffin at The Museum of London. The BBC commissioned a facial reconstruction of the Roman Princess buried inside, http://bbc.in/HzfAYf.

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