Spectacular Photos of London’s East End in 1986 by Peter Marshall

During the 1980s, the area of East London transformed rapidly. Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs area of London Docklands underwent much innovative construction. Katharine’s Docks became a centre for newspaper printing and publishing, as many firms relocated there from Fleet Street in the City of London. By the mid-1980s, the District line and Central line were beyond capacity, and the Docklands Light Railway (1987) and Jubilee line (1999) were subsequently constructed to improve rail transport in the area. Despite rapid change in some parts of the East End, the area continues to contain some of the worst poverty in the country.

Photographer Peter Marshall visited and documented shop fronts, businesses, streets, ghost signs and people of the East End in 1986.

#2 We Want Decent Housing in the E1 Area, Varden Street, Whitechapel, Tower Hamlets, 1986

#12 Crown and Dolphin, Cable St, Cannon St Rd, Shadwell, Tower Hamlets, 1986

#14 Caribbean House, Community Centre, Bridport Place, Hoxton, Hackney, 1986

#21 Florists’, Packing, Tissue, Donovan Bros, Crispin Street, Spitalfields, Tower Hamlets, 1986

#22 Gents, Hair Stylist, 11, White’s Row. Spitalfields, Tower Hamlets, 1986

#24 Globe International Autos, Cephas Street, Globe Town, Tower Hamlets, 1986

#25 Gas holders, Regent’s Canal, Wharf Place, Andrews Rd, Bethnal Green, Tower Hamlets, 1986

#27 Hayes & English, Funeral Directors, Hoxton Street, Hoxton, Hackney, 1986

#28 Goods Receiving & Delivery, Back Church Lane, Whitechapel, Tower Hamlets, 1986

#29 C Friedman, Wholesale, Manchester, Warehouseman, Commercial Road, Spitalfields, Tower Hamlets, 1986

#30 J Evans, Dairy, Conway Street, Warren Street, Fitzrovia, Westminster,1986

#42 Regents Canal, Hertford Union Canal, Stoneway Walk, Bethnal Green, Tower Hamlets, 1986

#43 S Ward & Co, Railway Arch, Limehouse Dock, Limehouse, Tower Hamlets, 1986

#44 Washing, Yard, Cranford Cottages, Cranford St, Shadwell, Tower Hamlets, 1986

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