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., http://bit.ly/HJJRTx.

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.

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.

In Fournier Street the houses mainly date from the 1720's and together they form one of the most important and best preserved collections of early Georgian domestic town-houses in Britain, http://bit.ly/HKWKwC. The artists Gilbert & George and Tracey Emin live on this street.

In Fournier Street the houses mainly date from the 1720's and together they form one of the most important and best preserved collections of early Georgian domestic town-houses in Britain, http://bit.ly/HKWKwC. The artists Gilbert & George and Tracey Emin live on this street.

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

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.

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 18th this is a cockney classic. Don't worry the pies don't have eels in as standard anymore http://bit.ly/HyGAqX.

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.

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.

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.

Columbia Road began its life as a pathway along which sheep were driven to the slaughterhouses at Smithfield. It's now a vibrant Sunday flower market, http://bit.ly/HV2rHC, and the street is brimming with solely independent shops. "I'll give ya two fer a fiver."

Columbia Road began its life as a pathway along which sheep were driven to the slaughterhouses at Smithfield. It's now a vibrant Sunday flower market, http://bit.ly/HV2rHC, and the street is brimming with solely independent shops. "I'll give ya two fer a fiver."

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

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

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