Shadwell’s Danish heritage marked at Wilton’s

The rich Danish history of Wellclose Square in Shadwell has been marked with a meeting of the Anglo-Danish society at Wilton’s Music Hall.

Members of the society were treated to a tour of the square, which was home to the first Danish church in London as well as the Danish consulate in the 17th and 18th centuries, and was also a hub as Danish timber was brought into London to help repair damage caused by the Great Fire in 1666.

The celebrations, organised by planning and community organisation Network Wapping, continued with food and live music being served up to guests at the hall.

Anglo-Danish society chairman Christian Williams said: “We all learned something new today, and although we are Danish it took your efforts here in East London to bring some of that history to our attention. For that we deeply thank you.”

John Bell, who is co-founder of Network Wapping, added: “This visit was about reconnectng a community that was very much based in the area.”

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