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Stepney
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PostCode District E1, E14
Borough London Borough of Tower Hamlets
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Stepney is area in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Stepney grew out of a medieval village around St Dunstan's church and was built up rapidly in the 19th century, mainly to accommodate immigrant workers and displaced London poor, and developed a reputation for poverty, overcrowding, violence and political dissent.

The area has local attractions, such as Arbour Square, the Troxy, The George.


History

Stepney formed a large ancient parish in the Ossulstone hundred of Middlesex; bounded by Bromley and West Ham to the east, the River Thames to the south, Shoreditch and Hackney to the north and the City of London and the Liberties of the Tower of London to the west. The parish included the hamlets of Mile End Old Town, Mile End New Town, and Ratcliff. At its early extent it additionally included Whitechapel, Wapping, Stratford Bow, Shadwell, Spitalfields, Bethnal Green, Limehouse and Poplar. Over time the parish was broken up with these settlements forming new independent parishes, leaving a residual parish of 830 acres comprising Mile End Old Town, Mile End New Town and Ratcliff

Stepney is an episcopal area in the Anglican Diocese of London, which covers the London boroughs of Hackney, Islington and Tower Hamlets, and has its own suffragan bishop.

Stepney Area, part of Cross's New Plan Of London, 1853.jpg

The Metropolitan Borough of Stepney was formed in 1900, then dissolved in 1965 when it was absorbed into the newly created London Borough of Tower Hamlets which currently administers the area

Transport

Close to Arbour Square, on Commercial Road, London Buses east to west routes, these are the 15, 115, 135 and N550.[1]

Further routes is the 309 (running east-north) and 339 (south-east) via Ben Johnson Road.[2]

From the Wikipedia page [1]

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