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Samuel Pepys
Elizabeth I
London's Underworld
Fleet Marriages.
The Cries of London

"Now from all parts the swelling kennels flow,
And bear their trophies with them as they go:
Filth of all hues and odours seem to tell
What street they sail'd from, by their sight and smell ...
Sweepings from butchers' stalls, dung, guts, and blood,
Drown'd puppies, shaking sprats, all drenched in mud,
Dead cats, and turnip tops, come tumbling down the flood."

-- Jonathan Swift (describing the Fleet River)

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Posted by Bill McCann on (1270 Reads)
Greenwich is one of London's great historical Boroughs. It is also a borough of great contrasts. On the one hand, it is a major destination for tourists who are attracted by majestic buildings, parks, views, the prime meridian and a wealth of history. It is a site of international importance which is reflected in the status of Greenwich Town Centre as a World Heritage Site. On the other hand, it is a borough with pockets of high unemployment and illiteracy, poverty and lawlessness tucked away on its sink estates.

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Barking and Dagenham
Posted by Anthony Waldstock on (896 Reads)
The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is situated in east London between the Thames and the London Orbital Motorway, the M25. Originally part of Essex, the area was one of the earliest settlements in the East Saxon Kingdom which was established after the Roman occupation. Barking Abbey was the second oldest Saxon abbey in the country and became the largest Benedictine Nunnery in Britain. The Dagenham retained a rural character until the 1920s when improved transport infrastructure began to have an impact. The famous, and recently closed, giant Ford Motor Works began operations here in 1931 and covered an area of 600 acres on the Thames Bank.

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Greater London Boroughs
Posted by Bill McCann on (2537 Reads)
On April 1st 1965 the London Government Act 1963 came into force. This greatly extended the boundaries of London and created thirty-two Boroughs to make up the administrative unit of Greater London. This does not include the City of London which remains a separate administrative unit. Most Boroughs now maintain their own web pages which provide a wealth of local information. These are listed below. Many also have a short local history section.

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