Bethnal Green, Stepney, London, England

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Bethnal Green is an area in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, in the East End of London. Bethnal Green is located 3.3 miles (5.3 km) north east of Charing Cross.

Bethnal Green is situated about 1½ miles north of Whitechapel and ¾ mile northeast of Shoreditch and was originally part of the Manor of Stepney. It was the poorest district of Victorian London but two hundred years earlier was a pleasant country area with wealthy residents. By the end of the 17th century the silk-weavers of Spitalfields began spreading into the area and by the mid 18th century it was said to have eighteen hundred houses with fifteen thousand inhabitants - three or four families in a house. By 1840 there were six times as many looms used in Bethnal Green than in Spitalfields and Mile End New Town. Although the weaving industry was in decline, other industries based at home or in small workshops took its place. The "Jago" district around Old Nichol Street was notorious for crime and poverty.


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