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Tower Hamlets: Streets

Street scenes from the 19th century tell us a lot about everyday life. The pictures are starting points for discovery. Use the question or instruction for each picture to help get you started.

Butcher Row


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Butcher Row, C.1830

Butcher Row leads off Commercial Road. The row of shops includes a bakers, a chemists, and a clothes shop. There are two pubs. One is the Black Horse and the other is The Phoenix.

Why do the pubs have signs shaped like bunches of grapes?