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Bromley-by-Bow | E3

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Bromley-by-Bow Area Info

Bromley-by-Bow Area Info

Like much of East London, it was, until recently, an area synonymous with poverty and neglect. Due to its proximity to central London and Canary Wharf and the excellent transport links, Bromley by Bow underground serves the District and Hammersmith & City lines this would inevitably change and has done in recent years with large luxury developments springing up, built by new homes developers to give smart accommodation to City and Canary Wharf workers.

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With a history dating back to 1872 but only recently, sympathetically restored and its door opened to the new breed of east enders is the Galvanisers Union of Devas Street which is well worth checking out. Alternatively there is the Bow Belles on Bow Road which is a more traditional boozer.

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History of Bromley-by-Bow

'Bromley' is a corruption of Old English words meaning 'woodland clearing with brambles', and the extended name avoids confusion with its south London namesake. It was earlier known as Bromley St Leonard, after the Benedictine priory of St Leonard, once the oldest religious house in east London.

From the 1930s the London County Council began a massive slum clearance programme, erasing the old village green and its houses and inns.

Severe bomb damage in the Second World War brought further clearance after 1945 and municipal and social housing now fills almost the entire area.

Seventy-two per cent of homes here are rented from the council or a housing association, an extraordinarily high figure. The largest ethnic minority is of Bangladeshi descent, followed by white Britons. The Bromley-by-Bow Centre on Bruce Road is a community regeneration organisation that aims to harness the energies and abilities of local people through a variety of integrated projects, linking health with education and enterprise, for example, or environment with training and family support.

Bromley-by-Bow Centre
Bromley-by-Bow Centre

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