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History Globe Town Town Centre is one of the seven neighbourhoods created by London Borough of Tower Hamlets when it divided the borough for local administrative purposes in 1986. It takes in the eastern part of the former Borough of Bethnal Green and most of the Mile End area of the former Borough of Stepney. Globe Town is bordered by Mile End Road to the south, Cambridge Heath Road to the West and the canal to the east. The moniker of Globe Town revived a name for the area that was first used in the 1820’s to help organise the rapidly growing populations around what is now Roman Road and Globe Road. It is also said that Globe Town was originally named after a local Inn in the early 18th century. The area is known for its iconic housing estates. In the late 1940s the borough council built the Rogers Estate, named after a local war hero. The Greenways Estate was completed in 1959. Sulking House and Trevelyan House were designed by Denys Lasdun as part of the first phase of the project in 1958. They became known as ‘cluster blocks’ and are both Grade II listed.  Cranbrook Estate used to be 17 acres of decaying Victorian terraces, workshops and one large factory. In 1957 over 1500 people were displaced for the estate to be built. The council appointed architects Messrs Skinner, Bailey and Lubetkin for the new design. The Estate as a whole was officially opened in January 1965 and completed in 1966. It consists of two fifteen-storey blocks of 60 homes each, two thirteenstorey blocks of 52 homes each, two eleven-storey blocks of 44 homes each and five four-storey blocks of 28 homes. With ancillary dwellings, there were 529 new homes in total. In 1963 the Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green, a bronze sculpture by Elizabeth Frink was moved to the Cranbrook Estate. It is said to be a local mythological figure dating back to the seventeenth century. The sculpture was grade II listed in 1998. Meath Gardens used to be a cemetery called Victoria Park Cemetery and was established in 1842. It was closed in 1876 and contains over 300,000 bodies. In 1885, Metropolitan Public Gardens Association led an initiative to turn the cemetery into a public garden, which was designed and laid out by female landscape architect Fanny Wilkinson. It opened in 1894 as Meath Gardens. In 1990s, many trees were cut down as new modern housing was established, but its Gothic entrance arch remains. The Bethnal Green Tube shelter disaster took place on the evening of Wednesday March 3, 1943. 173 people died in a terrifying crush as panic spread through the crowds of people trying to enter the station’s bomb shelter in the East End of London.

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Profile for Roman Road Trust

Globe Town Common Vision Report 2018  

Community development project in Globe Town, Tower Hamlets, documenting community organisation and the constitution of the a local community...

Globe Town Common Vision Report 2018  

Community development project in Globe Town, Tower Hamlets, documenting community organisation and the constitution of the a local community...

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