Cupboard Shelter, December 1943 A day nursery in the East End of London shelters children in a linen cupboard during an air raid.

Cupboard Shelter, December 1943 A day nursery in the East End of London shelters children in a linen cupboard during an air raid.

A family making hairbrushes at home in the East End, c. 1900.

A family making hairbrushes at home in the East End, c. Another family living in dreadful conditions - look at the filthy floor, the children's clothes and the lack of good furniture.

A group of match-girls in 1888, the year the workers at the Bryant & May Match Factory in Bow, East London, went on strike.

A group of match-girls in the year the workers at the Bryant & May Match Factory in Bow, East London, went on strike. (THE ELEPHANT MAN)

Pre Fabs were created in large numbers as social housing in East London following the second war

In Bromley-by-Bow a heavily blitzed area of East London a mother sees her daughter off to school from their pre-fab home. The street is named Franklin Street after a US President.

East End family: c.1900, Unknown

East London: The separation of class and society in England during the first half of the century was understood and greatly felt by those whose meager existence made up the lower class and the poor.

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