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Mile End Area Info

Mile End Area Info

Sandwiched between Bow, Stepney, Whitechapel and Bethnal Green, Mile End boasts a surprising amount of green space (79 acres) with Mile End Park which was developed on old industrial and bombed land, around the time of the millennium. It consists of many features including a climbing centre, go kart track and lots of children's play areas. Another interesting site is the Ragged School museum on Copperfield Road which was formerly Dr Barnardo's School, the largest of its type at the time.

A diverse mix of residents occupy Mile End with a large concentration of students due to Queen Mary's University which is located off Mile End Road. Transport links are excellent with Mile End underground station, which is just two stops from London Liverpool Street.

Things To Do In Mile End

Mile End Park is a real hive of activity with several children's play areas, indoor Climbing centre and a serious go kart track. The Children's Park in Mile End Park is the place to head for a colourful and imaginative space that has a rope slide, scrambling wall, complicated climbing frame, swings and a see-saw, as well as a dedicated area for under-fives that includes a vast sandpit. New apparatus installed in the playground is designed to appeal to children with disabilities as well as to their able-bodied playmates, with a huge, bird's nest-style swing and a ramped bridge. Summer additions include play fountains and fire pits; don't miss the recently created skateboard park either.

For something more educational, there is the Ragged School Museum on Copperfield Road.

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History of Mile End

Mile End is recorded in 1288 as La Mile ende. It is formed from the Middle English 'mile' and 'ende' and means 'the hamlet a mile away'. The mile distance was in relation to Aldgate in the City of London, reached by the London to Colchester road. In around 1691 Mile End became known as Mile End Old Town because a new unconnected settlement to the west and adjacent to Spitalfields had taken the name Mile End New Town.

During the Victorian period, the area became a slum due to the rapid growth of London, the heavy riverside industry and the railways. Similarly like other areas of the East End, overcrowding and poverty became synonymous with the area, despite the fine terraced housing and delightful squares located nearby.

The Second World War brought more desolation to the area, with most buildings being destroyed and many residents losing their homes due to the London bombings. So the story goes, only born and bred residents from Bow, who heard the sound of the St Mary-le-Bow church Bells, can truly call themselves a true cockney. Some of these people will also recall the first ever V-1 flying bomb which descended on the area during the Blitz years. The industrial land, which was destroyed, was left derelict for almost 50 years until the creation of Mile End Park in 1999 and more recently, a 200kg bomb was found near Mile End station during building work in the area.

In May 2007 during building work, a live World War II bomb weighing 200 kg was found north of Mile End station near Grove and Roman Roads. Approximately 100 local residents were evacuated and stayed with friends and family or the Mile End Leisure Centre until the bomb could be deactivated and removed.

Nowadays, Mile End is a mainly a family orientated residential district and Bow has a thriving student population thanks to Queen Mary, University of London. Part of the London Olympic Village is also situated within the E3 postcode, which has helped regenerate and develop the district.

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