So my eldest is flat hunting in the East End. Out of the blue he says
Dad, what do you know about Bromley by Bow?’
What? Other than the fact that the area is said to gets its name from the shape of the bridge built over the river Lea by Maude, wife of King Henry 1?
Or that it is built on the site of a medieval convent, dedicated to St Leonard?
Or that following the Dissolution, the priory chapel became the parish church, but Second World War damage and construction of the Blackwall Tunnel northern approach destroyed much of what was left?
Or that the notorious Kray twins had a club on Bow road?
Or that Mahatma Gandhi stayed in the community centre, Kingsley Hall when he visited the UK in 1931.
Or that the Bow Quarter was original site of the Bryant and May match factory and scene of the 1888 strike, when the workers, mainly women went on strike for better conditions.
Or that I celebrated my 25th birthday with a party in the Priory Tavern.
Or that the Spratts Patent Ltd manufactured dog biscuits from the 1860s (It says here) and erected the first billboard in London? It doesn’t say where though
… Isle of Dogs maybe … Barking …?