|PostCode District||E1, E1W|
|Borough||London Borough of Tower Hamlets|
|OS Grid Reference|
Ratcliff was once a hamlet in the historic county of Middlesex, and was known for shipbuilding. It was a important sea departure area by the sixteenth century. Such as [Hugh Willoughby] and Martin Frobisher. Ratcliffe at this time also had the largest population in Stepney. Having 3500 residents.
Around 1669. Almost 200 Presbyterians were worshipping inside a warehouse in Ratcliffe. There was a purpose built Quaker meeting house in Schoolhouse Lane that had been built near the same time.
Ratcliff is the site of one of London biggest fires in 1794. It began at Clovers Barge Yard. The flames quickly spread to a nearby barge loaded with saltpetre. This was a substance used to make gunpowder and matches. This exploded. Causing the fire to spread and destroying Ratcliff.
Ratcliffe was divided between the parishes of Limehouse and Stepney until 1866. It was constituted a separate civil parish. It was then administered by Limehouse District Board of Works. In 1900 it joined the Metropolitan Borough of Stepney.
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