Walk uncovers Poplar’s hidden past when only 4,500 villagers lived there

Local history experts in east London are organising a walk through Poplar as part of their series delving into the East End’s past.

It is being organised on Tuesday, August 4, by Tower Hamlets Local History Library, beginning at All Saints DLR station at 7pm and finishing at Poplar DLR.

Poplar was one of the original Tower hamlets, centred on the High Street where the history experts are concentrating the walk.

The hamlet grew from the 16th century because of its nearness to the City of London by road and being able to cater for ocean-going vessels at Blackwall.

But its population was only 4,500 in 1801. Its expansion was rapid over the next 10 years when the India Docks opened and the new Commercial Road was completed, linking Poplar to the City at Aldgate. The population hit 55,000 by 1881.

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