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The gang of 4 went walked from Wapping to Liverpool Station via Cable Street on 23.4.2015

http://www.catfan.co.uk/1.Catfan_Wiltons-music-hall.htm   for more pictures of Wilton's Music Hall

Gun Wharves Flats

Ex-infant school desks and chairs

Bikes and a cockapoo? tied up outside a  bakery which was wafting wonderful warm bread smells about to entice the passing public

Swan & Cuckoo

St Peter's Ldn Docks Church

Single and double bird cherry blossom

Coal hole

Door furniture

At Tobacco Dock

Replica pirate ship 'Three Sisters'


Interesting accommodation

Figurehead on the Three Sisters

Sea Lark

Bird cherries along the canal

Nice morning dress, but very messy underclothes

Duck shelter



Greenhouses on the roof



Peter hogging the shot

The high key versions above and below with Steve

Barrier London Dock E1

Alley to Wilton's

Wilton's Music Hall


Fatsia berries

Plastic hedging

Crown and Dolphin

Ratcliff Highway Murders.

Today the Highway Wapping is a busy commuting route from the City of London towards the Limehouse Link and the Isle of Dogs.   A far cry from what was once the notorious Ratcliff Highway and the murders that ensued, which held London spellbound almost two hundred years ago.
An old street sign for Chigwell Street dates from 1678 and is the only relic that remains from the old Ratcliff Highway.

It all began one foggy night on 7th of December 1811, at 29 Ratcliff Highway - now The Highway Wapping.   Just before the stroke of midnight the maid, Margaret Jewell, was sent by the housekeeper, Timothy Marr, to buy some oysters.   Unable to find any she returned to find Marr, his wife and baby and their assistant dead, their throats having been cut.   The horrific murders caused the government to offer 500 guineas reward for information.   On December 19th 1811, just twelve days after the murders, the landlord Mr. Williamson of the Kings Arms public house at 81 Gravel lane, (modern day Garnet Street), had arrived home with his wife, when shortly afterward disturbance began.   The upstairs lodger, John Turner, climbed out the window shouting "Murder, Murder."   A crowd pushed in the door and found Williamson at the foot of the stairs with his throat cut, his wife and maids throats cut as well and bleeding to death.   The police later arrested John Williams (no relation to the publican with the same surname), a sailor who had been a shipmate of Marr's, at the Pear Tree pub in Cinnamon Street and charged him with all the murders.   He was sent to Cold Bath Fields prison, where he took his own life before he was tried.   His corpse was dragged through the streets of London and the cart paused outside 29 Ratcliff Highway.   The body was taken to the junction of Cannon Street Road and Cable Street, where a stake was driven through his heart and the body thrown into a hole.   About 100 years later the body was exhumed and the bones given to criminologists looking for forensic clues.   The landlord of the Crown and Dolphin pub at the corner of Cannon Street Road kept the skull as a souvenir.

Hawksmoor Mews

Nearby street in need of renovation


Mural of the Cable Street riots

St George's in the East by Nicolas Hawksmoor

George and the dragon

Bangladeshi beans on Watney Market

Hungerford Arms

In his childhood habitat



Pickaxe worker

Whitechapel Art Gallery


this enlarges enough to read the names


"The radicals commemorated in the mural are depicted in anarchic fashion by first name.   Many were influential in East London, such as Rudolph Rocker and Peter Kropotkin.   Next door is the Freedom Presss which since 1886 has been publishing the only regular UK national archaic newspaper"   Quote from Rachel Kolsky's book 'Jewish London'

Freedom Bookshop, Angel Alley

The Green Door

Alley mural

Hoop and Grapes for lunch (Mortimer's Orchard...)

Fag ends

Laid back

Pink and Blue

Petticoat Lane Market lights

Duke of Wellington

Soup kitchen for the Jews

Grotty alley

Smart young things

The last functioning synagogue in the area

I didn't check out the cider

Bollards and shaddows

Beer glasses

Liverpool Street

Liverpool Street Station

We left Michael at Farringdon and came home stepping straight on to a St Albans train