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I played at Arnold Circus as a kid 1938-39

PUBLISHED: 18:20 12 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:32 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, READING Gary Haines’ article headlined Streets of Dreams’ with a great deal of interest felt like I was reading just a small part of my own history, having been born more than 70 years ago in Streatley Buildings, the first block to be built on the Boundary Estate in Bethnal Green

Dear Editor,

READING Gary Haines' article headlined 'Streets of Dreams' with a great deal of interest felt like I was reading just a small part of my own history, having been born more than 70 years ago in Streatley Buildings, the first block to be built on the Boundary Estate in Bethnal Green (Timepiece, Advertiser website 'Down Memory :Lane')

My father was also born in the same block and went to Rochelle Street school on the Boundary Estate.

I can remember as a very small boy playing games with my cousins in the bandstand at Arnold Circus (between Calvert-avenue and Club-row), which must have been about 1938-39.

My father rented out one of the council workshops in Swansfield-street a few years later, which he used to repair shoes in.

As a matter of interest, I was told that Bud Flanagan of the famous music hall duo Flanagan and Allen used to live in Streatley buildings just a few years before I was born.

As I am a born and bred East Ender, am very interested in the history of the East End, especially the part I was born in and parts I have lived in all my life.

Having read Gary Haines' article has certainly whetted my appetite. I shall soon buy the book The Blackest Streets by Sarah Wise he refers to.

Norman Sampson

Cornshaw-road, Dagenham

BOUNDARY OF OLD NICHOL’S VICE, FILTH & DEATH


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