Known as the setting for the popular ‘Call the Midwife’ books and TV series, but there’s much more to Poplar than that.
Taking its name from the now rare Black Poplar trees, which once flourished in the area, the first record of Poplar was in the 1300s. The area’s rich history includes the 1921 Poplar Rates Rebellion, led by the then-Mayor George Lansbury, who was later elected as leader of the Labour Party.
Today, Poplar is a unique area of East London, home to Chrisp Street Market, the River Lea and Limehouse Cut canal. Shops and local businesses are focused around Chrisp Street Market – the first purpose-build pedestrian shopping area in the UK in 1951.
Plans are underway to regenerate the market area including building 649 new homes, a new market and retail space.
Haqq from Station Café near All Saints DLR station says: “We do not just serve customers, but the community. From students to builders, and drivers to teachers. Everyone is welcome!”
Poplar has boasted many famous residents over the years including Will Crooks MP, a social reformer and first Labour Mayor in London; film director Alfred Hitchcock, who lived in Salmon Lane as a child; and former football manager Harry Redknapp. But it is the local community that makes the neighbourhood special.
Leon from Roots Barbers in Aberfeldy Street, says: “We have seen major support online and in person for the need to keep local businesses alive. Poplar is a representation of that, so come out and support local businesses.”
Olly at Bow Brew in St Paul’s Way says: “People want space and we have exactly that, grab a book, grab some cards and grab your friends. You can use the community space without the pressure of having to buy food!”
This summer, until 12 September, the people of Aberfeldy are hosting an exciting mix of events every weekend this summer with food, drink and entertainment for everyone. Close by, the Teviot Festival will also bring the whole community together again on 11 September. More info will be released nearer the time.
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Posted on Thursday 12th August 2021