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1767 - There is now a well-established Irish community in Southwark
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Irish labourers pass through Southwark every summer, on their way to and from Kent, where they are employed at hop-picking and harvesting. Most go home at the end of the season, but some stay. They find work as sedan-chair men or as general porters, available to carry heavy loads.

Many of the Irish people who settle in eighteenth-century Southwark live around Ewer Street, in the area between Gravel Lane and Bandyleg Walk. (Gravel Lane will be renamed Great Suffolk Street, and Bandyleg Walk roughly follows the line that will later be taken by Great Guildford Street.)



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