Place:Bethnal Green, London, England

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NameBethnal Green
Alt namesBethnal Green St. Matthewsource: Vision of Britain
TypeParish, Borough (metropolitan)
Coordinates51.525°N 0.067°W
Located inLondon, England     (1889 - 1965)
Also located inMiddlesex, England     ( - 1889)
See alsoStepney, Middlesex, Englandparish of which it was part until 1743
Tower Hamlets (London Borough), Greater London, EnglandLondon Borough of which it has been a part since 1965
source: Family History Library Catalog

Bethnal Green is an area to the east of the City of London, within the historic county of Middlesex. Historically it was part of the parish of Stepney, and became a parish in its own right in 1743. In 1889 it was transferred from Middlesex to the newly-created County of London and became Bethnal Green Metropolitan Borough. The metropolitan borough was abolished in 1965, and the area became part of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

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During World War II, the Borough suffered from heavy aerial bombing. It is estimated that 80 tons of bombs fell on this area alone, affecting 21,700 houses, destroying 2,233 and making a further 893 uninhabitable. During the course of the aerial bombardment, 555 people were killed, and 400 were seriously injured. (Source: Bethnal Green: Building and Social Conditions from 1915 to 1945, A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 11: Stepney, Bethnal Green (1998), pp. 132-135.)

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Origins

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Ecclesiastical Parish

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Population and area

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For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Bethnal Green. This is a different article from the one referenced above. It describes the social conditions in Bethnal Green from the time of the immigration of silk weavers from France circa 1800 up to World War II.
All references to Cambridge Heath and Globe Town have been redirected here.

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  • A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 11, Stepney, Bethnal Green from the Victoria County History Series provided by British History Online.


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