Black History Month: Trace the history of black culture in Tower Hamlets through these self-guided walks

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:14 03 October 2018

The first walk begins at Trinity Square Gardens, where the names of sailors and soldiers from WWII are inscribed on a memorial. Picture: Alex Shaw

The first walk begins at Trinity Square Gardens, where the names of sailors and soldiers from WWII are inscribed on a memorial. Picture: Alex Shaw

Alex Shaw

Walking through Tower Hamlets, it may be easy to overlook the history on every street.

The council have released a guide of two walks around the borough, which draw attention to the legacy of black history in the East End.

The first begins at Tower Hill tube station, and takes approximately two and a half hours. It takes you from Trinity Square Gardens, where the names of African sailors from WWII are inscribed on a memorial, on to the Pool of London, one of the busiest ports during the British Empire.

The route continues down Royal Mint Street, Cable Street, and ends at the Museum of London Docklands.

The other walk, which takes an hour and a half, goes from Aldgate to Ragged School Museum by Mile End Park.

It traces the history of prominent priest, writers and statesmen who have influenced black culture in Tower Hamlets.

To download the guides, click here.

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