Step back in time through the site of a notorious slum

THERE S a chance to join a guided walk on around the site of one of the most notorious slums in the East End. The walk led by experts from the London Metropolitan Archives will take visitors around the site of the Old Nichol which lies between Bethnal Gre

THERE'S a chance to join a guided walk on around the site of one of the most notorious slums in the East End.

The walk led by experts from the London Metropolitan Archives will take visitors around the site of the Old Nichol which lies between Bethnal Green Road and Bishopsgate on Wednesday May 20.

The estate was fictionalised in Arthur Morrison's 1896 novel A Child of the Jago.

After years of campaigning the houses were demolished and have been replaced with the Grade II listed Boundary Estate.


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Historian Sarah wise has just brought out a book about the estate called The Blackest Streets.

The walk starts from St Leonard's Church in Shoreditch High Street and places cost �5 and must be booked in advance.

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Historical documents about the area will be on display at the London Metropolitan Archive in Northampton Road Clerkenwell from 10.30am and 12 noon.

Further details are available from 020 7 332 3851, www.lma.gov.uk

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