Place:Poplar, London, England

NamePoplar
TypeParish, Borough (metropolitan)
Coordinates51.507°N 0.0194°W
Located inLondon, England     (1889 - 1965)
Also located inMiddlesex, England     ( - 1889)
See alsoStepney, Middlesex, Englandparish in which it was located until 1817
Tower Hamlets (London Borough), Greater London, EnglandLondon borough of which it became part in 1965
source: Family History Library Catalog

Poplar, or Poplar All Saints, was historically an extra-parochial area associated with the parish of Stepney which became a chapelry in 1654. Poplar became a parish in its own right in 1817. 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, becoming part of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

On a map of London Poplar can always be identified as the peninsula projecting from the north bank of the River Thames just east of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. The peninsula itself is known as the Isle of Dogs. During the period from 1800 until after World War II it was a community linked to the docks that surrounded it. It suffered badly in the bombing of World War II and the population dropped by more than half between the censuses of 1931 and 1961.

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

In 1855 the "Poplar District of the Metropolis" was formed, which also included Bromley and Bow. In 1900 the district became the Metropolitan Borough of Poplar and in 1965 it was abolished when the London Borough of Tower Hamlets was established. Poplar Metropolitan Borough was formed from the three civil parishes. In 1907 these three were combined into a single civil parish called Poplar Borough, which covered the same area as the metropolitan borough.

The three civil parishes all took their names from local churches: St. Mary Stratford-le-Bow, St. Leonard Bromley and All Saints Poplar. These names are commonly shortened to Bromley, Bow and Poplar. However, there are other places named Bow and Bromley around London and care must be taken to find the precise one referred to in any context.

From north to south Poplar Metropolitan Borough included the neighbourhoods of:

Since the London Borough of Tower Hamlets has come into being, Poplar has been separated into two wards, Blackwall & Cubitt Town and Millwall, with an east-west border between them. Poplar cannot be found in the 2011 UK census database.

History of the area prior to 1900 will mostly be found in the articles for the various communities or neighbourhoods.

Poplar is No. 20 on the map to the right. All the boroughs and their codes can be found on the page County of London.

Research Tips

  • See wiki.familysearch.org under "London" and also under "Middlesex" for key information about Greater London's jurisdictions and records, plus links to indexes, reference aids and Family History Library holdings.
  • A very useful FREE site for anyone researching their London ancestors between the years 1690-1800 is London Lives. 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 site 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.
This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original content was at Metropolitan Borough of Poplar. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with WeRelate, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
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