Place:Bow, London, England

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NameBow
Alt namesStratford-le-Bowsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeParish
Coordinates51.52882°N 0.016632°W
Located inLondon, England     (1889 - 1965)
Also located inMiddlesex, England     ( - 1889)
See alsoStepney, Middlesex, Englandparish in which it was located until 1719
Poplar, London, Englandmetropolitan borough in which it was located 1900-1965
Tower Hamlets (London Borough), Greater London, EnglandLondon borough in which it has been located since 1965
Contained Places
Cemetery
Tower Hamlets Cemetery ( 1841 - 1965 )
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog


The map is based on one in A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 11, Stepney, Bethnal Green from the Victoria County History Series provided by British History Online





Bow, or Stratford-le-Bow, is an area in the East End of London. It was originally part of the parish of Stepney, becoming a parish in its own right in 1719. In 1889 it was transferred from Middlesex to the newly-created County of London and in 1900 became part of Poplar Metropolitan Borough. Poplar Metropolitan Borough was abolished in 1965, and became part of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in Greater London.


the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Bow is a district in East London, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It is built-up and mostly residential, and 4.6 miles (7.4 km) east of Charing Cross (the basis for measuring distances from Central London).

The ancient name of the area was Stratford, London, and "Bow" is an abbreviation of the medieval name Stratford-atte-Bow. "Bow" refers to a bridge built in the early 12th century.

It is often said that to be a true Cockney you need to be born within earshot of the sound of Bow Bells and that these are the bells of Bow Church in the heart of Bow. However, the saying actually refers to the church of St Mary-le-Bow, which is approximately three miles west on Cheapside, in the City of London.

The parish of Bow includes Tower Hamlets Cemetery, one of London's Magnificent Seven cemeteries.

History

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Bow, London. Includes sections on

  • Bridges at Bowe
  • Religious life
  • Chaucer and Stratford-atte-Bowe
  • Goose Fair
  • Bow porcelain
  • Bryant and May (match producers)
  • Suffragette history
  • Railways
  • Local government

Greater London Research Tips

  • See wiki.familysearch.org under "London" and also under "Middlesex", "Surrey" and "Kent" for key information about Greater London's jurisdictions and records, plus links to indexes, reference aids and Family History Library holdings.
  • The London Metropolitan Archives (40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB) holds records relating to the whole of Greater London. Ancestry (subscription necessary) has produced transcriptions and provides images of lists of baptisms, marriages, and burials in churches across Greater London. These lists start in 1813 and stretch into the 20th century.
  • GENUKI has a long list of websites and archive holders in addition to London Metropolitan Archives above. (The list from GENUKI is not maintained so well that there is never a dead link in it. However, it is often worth googling the title given on the page just in case the contributor has reorganized their website.)
  • GENUKI also has a list of the Archives and Local Studies Libraries for each of the boroughs of Greater London.
  • The London Encyclopaedia by Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert. An e-book available online through Google, originally published by Pan Macmillan. There is a search box in the left-hand pane.
  • London Lives. A very useful free website for anyone researching their London ancestors between the years 1690-1800. This is a fully searchable edition of 240,000 manuscripts from eight archives and fifteen datasets, giving access to 3.35 million names.
  • London Ancestor, a website belonging to one of the London family history societies, has a list of transcriptions of directories from the 18th century, listing in one case "all the squares, streets, lanes, courts, yards, alleys, &C. in and about Five Miles of the Metropolis..." In other parts of the same website are maps of various parts of 19th century London and Middlesex.
  • The proceedings of the Old Bailey, London's central criminal court, 1674-1913. A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court. This website is free to use.
  • Registration Districts in London, Registration Districts in Middlesex, Registration Districts in Surrey, Registration Districts in Kent, are lists of the registration districts used for civil registration (births, marriages and deaths, as well as the censuses). There are linked supporting lists of the parishes which made up each registration district, the dates of formation and abolition of the districts, the General Register Office numbers, and the local archive-holding place. This work has been carried out by Brett Langston under the agency of GENUKI (Genealogy United Kingdom and Ireland) and UKBMD - Births, Marriages, Deaths & Censuses on the Internet.
  • Wikipedia also has an article entitled "Poplar, London" which may be of interest.
  • A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 11, Stepney, Bethnal Green from the Victoria County History Series provided by British History Online deals with Stepney and Bethnal Green in depth, but Poplar is only mentioned in passing.
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