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Poplar, London

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Poplar
OS Grid Reference:Template:Gbmappingsmall
Administration
Borough:Tower Hamlets
County:Greater London
Region:Greater London
Nation:England
Other
Ceremonial County:Greater London
Traditional County:Middlesex
Post Office and Telephone
Post town:LONDON
Postcode:E14
Dialling Code:020

Poplar is an area of the East End of London in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. During the development of the Isle of Dogs the street signs pointed to the new development (by the LDDC), and Poplar was lost for a decade or more.

St Matthias Old Church is located on Poplar High Street, opposite Tower Hamlets College. It is next to Poplar Town Hall and Poplar Bowls Club, which is part of Poplar Recreation Ground.

A sports centre stands on the site of Poplar workhouse, where local politician Will Crooks spent some of his earliest years (a nearby council housing estate is named after him).

Poplar was the location, in 1921, of the Poplar Rates Rebellion, led by George Lansbury.

As part of the 1951 Festival of Britain, a new council housing estate was built to the north of the East India Dock Road and named the Lansbury Estate after George Lansbury. This estate includes Chrisp Street Market, which was greatly commended by Lewis Mumford.

The same era also saw the construction of the Robin Hood Gardens housing complex (overlooking the northern portal of the Blackwall Tunnel) - designed by architects Peter and Alison Smithson - and the similarly Modernist Balfron Tower and Carradale House (to the north) - designed by Ernö Goldfinger.

Nearest places:

Local Docklands Light Railway (know as the DLR) stations are:

  • All Saints
  • Blackwall
  • East India
  • Poplar (near the head office of the DLR)
  • West India Quay
  • Westferry

External link

There is a Wiki for the Poplar Area.

  • Poplar Connect (http://wiki.poplarconnect.net/bin/view/Connect/WebHome)

Contributions are sought from local people

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