In this section you will find:
Books and articles about the East End
Films about the East End
Photographers of the East End

Books and articles about the East End

Booth, C a net version of Booth's poverty map
Cox, J (1994) London’s East End – Life and Traditions. Weidenfeld & Nicholson.
Fishman, W & Breach, N (1979) The Streets of East London. Duckworth.Fishman, W; Breach, N and Hall J (1990) East End and Docklands. Duckworth
Fishman W (1988) East end 1888 Duckworth
Marriott, J (2012) Beyond the Tower - a History of East London Yale
Murray, V (1989) Echoes of the East End Viking
Rosenberg, D. (2015) Rebel Footprints: a Guide to Uncovering London's Radical history. London: Pluto Press
White, J (2001) London in the 20th Century – a City and is People. Viking
White, J (2007) London in the 19th Century – a Human Awful Wonder of God. Viking.
African and Caribbean
Okokon, C (1998) Black Londoners. Stroud Gloucestershire, Sutton.
Fryer, P (1984) Staying Power. London, Pluto.
Banton, M (1955) The Coloured Quarter. London, Cape.
Tower Hamlets African Caribbean Mental Health Organisation (2003) Power Writers. THACMHO/Social Action for Health, London
Black, G (2003) Jewish London- an Illustrated History. Breedon, Derby.
Black, G (2001) Health and medical care of the Jewish poor in the East End of London, 1880 –1914. Jewish Historical Studies: Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England Vol. 36, 199-2001, pp 93-111.
Black, G (2000) Lord Rothschild and the Barber. Tymsder Publishing, London.
Holman, C and Holman, N (2002): Torah, worship and acts of loving kindness: Baseline Indicators for the Charedi Community in Stamford Hill. De Montfort University, Leicester.
Fishman W East End Jewish Radicals 1875 – 1914.Duckworth
Fishman W (1988) East End 1888. Duckworth.
Freedland, J (2005) Jacob’s Gift A Journey to the Heart of Belonging. Hamish Hamilton.
Jacobs J (1978) Out of the Ghetto – My Youth in the East edn Communism and Fascism 1913 -1939 Janet Simon
Lichtenstein, R & Sinclair I (2000) Rodinsky’s Rooom. Granta.
Marks, L (1994) Model Mothers: Jewish Mothers and Maternity Provision in East London 1870 –1939. Oxford, Clarendon.
Piratin P (1978) Our Flag Stays Red. Lawrence & Wishart
Rosenberg, D. (2011) Battle for the East End Battle for the East End: Jewish responses to fascism in the 1930s Nottingham: Five Leaves
Spitzer, J (1998) A guide to the Orthodox Jewish Way of Life for Healthcare Professionals 2nd edition. London, ELCHA/GPPC, QMUL.
Roth, C (1964) A History of the Jews in England. 3rd edition, Oxford, Clarendon.
White, J (2003) Rothschild Buildings: Life in an East End Tenement Block 1887 –1920. Pimlico.
Fraser, A (1992) The Gypsies. Oxford, Blackwell.
Borrow, G (1908) Romano Lavo-Lil. London, John Murray
Samuel, R (1981) East End Underworld: Chapters in the Life of Arthur Harding. London, Routledge and Kegan Paul.
Barany, Z (2001) The East European Gypsies. Cambridge University Press
Gwynn, R (2002) Huguenot Heritage: the history and contribution of the Hugeunots in Britain (2nd edition). Sussex Academic Press,, Brighton.
Murdoch, T. (1985) The Quiet Contrast: the Huguenots 1685- 1985. London, Museum of London
Asians in Britain
Fisher, M., 2006. Counterflows to colonialism: Indian travellers and settlers in Britain 1600-1857. Delhi: Permanent Black.
Fisher, M, Lahiri, S & Thandi, S. 2007. A South-Asian history of Britain: four centuries of peoples from the Indian Sub-continent. Santa Barbara: Greenwood World Publishing.
Visram, R., 1986. Ayahs, Lascars and Princes: Indians in Britain 1700-1947. London: Pluto Press.
Visram, R., 2002. Asians in Britain- 400 years of history. London: Pluto Press. Timeline of Asians in Britain 1858 -1950
Asghar, M.A., 1996, Bangladeshi community organisations in East London, Bangladeshi community organisations in East London, London.
Adams, C (1987) Across Seven seas and Thirteen Rivers: life stories of pioneer Sylheti settlers in Britain. THAP, London
Glynn, S (2005) East End immigrants and the battle for housing: a comparative study of political mobilisation in the Jewish and Bengali communities Journal of Historical Geography Volume 31, Issue 3, July 2005, Pages 528-545
This article was published in Socialist History Journal 29 pp56-75
Sarah Glynn (2006) The Spirit of ’71: how the Bangladeshi War of Independence has haunted Tower Hamlets
Ullah, AA and Eversley J (2010) Bengalis in London’s East End. Swadhinata Trust
White community
Dench G; Gavron K & Young M (2005) The New East End –Kinship, Race and Confllict. Profile Books
Platt J (1971) Social research in Bethnal Green. MacMillan
Ware, Vron (1992) . Beyond the pale : white women, racism and history Verso,
Ware, Vron (1997) Island racism: gender, place and white power in R Frankenberg. Displacing Whiteness. Duke UP
Wilmott P & Young M (1957) Family and kinship in East London Routledge and Kegan Paul
Bunting M Guardian
Jones C Socialist Review
Hudson, Marriott et al Rising East
Shadwell and Wapping
Leigh, M. (2008) Memories of Wapping 1900-1960: Couldn't Afford the Eels. History Press
Mills, R. (2011) Everything Happens in Cable Street . Nottingham,: Five Leaves
Cox, M Life and Death in Spitalfields 1700 –1850. Council for British Archaeology.
Gavron, J (2005) An Acre of barren ground. Simon & Schuster.
Lichtenstein R (2007) On Brick Lane Hamish Hamilton
Bird, S. (2011) Stepney : A profile of a London borough from the outbreak of the First World War to the Festival of Britain 1914-1951. Cambridfge Scholars
Samuel R (1981) East End Underworld – Chapters in the life of Arthur Harding. Routledge and Kegan Paul
Wise S (2008) The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum. Bodley Head
Economic History
Robins N (2006) The Corporation that Changed the World Pluto.

East End on Film


Director: Amanda Richardson
Director: Peter Croft written by Wolf Mankovitz


Director: Gavin Weightman
How the villages of Bethnal Green, Bow, Stepney and West Ham were swamped by dockland the development in the l900's.

IS THAT IT?: Images of East End (1985)

Director: Wilf Thust
A six-part film, based around the workshop improvisations of a group of teenager s in London's East End, who act out situations and attitudes relating to race, g ender and class which they have experienced during their first fifteen years of life in a working-class inner ci ty environment. The Workshops were held at Four Comers between 1982 and 1984. In...


Director: Deborah Arnott
The last two months in the life of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Hackney. Includes a look at the hospital and the debate surrounding where its services should go - The Royal London Hospital or the Homerton Hospital.


Director; Robert Vas
The vanishing way of life of the Jewish community of Hessel St., Whitechapel.
Director: Antony Shang
Documentary about the first Chinese people to settle in Britain at the end of the 19th Century. For years they suffered at the hands of racism, compounded by the popularity of the "Dr Fu Manchu" books. Told through the recollections of local residents and the Cockney descendents of the early Chinese seamen who jumped ship to settle in Poplar and Limehouse.

Housing problems (1935)

British Commercial Gas Association
Director: Edgar Anstey
(on Limehouse Fields estate; used to be in BFI stock but not showing up in on-line archive)

State of Wapping (1984)

Made by BBC2 Community Unit as An Open door Programme with Wapping Parents Action Group

King of the Ghetto (1987)

Farukh Dhondy with Ian Dury

God’s Waiting Room (2007)

About Taslim’s Undertakers
David Hoffman
Paul Trevor
Phil Maxwell
Danielle Lamarche
Tony Lam
Books of photographs
Girling B (2005) East end Neighbourhoods. Tempus.
Haines G (2008) Bow & Bromley by Bow. Sutton Publishing
Cox, M Life and Death in Spitalfields 1700 –1850. Council for British Archaeology.
Cox, J (1994) London’s East End – Life and Traditions. Weidenfeld & Nicholson.

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