Local Author publishes new book – London’s East End – A Guide for Family and Local Historians
Author: Jonathan Oates
192 PAGES · PAPERBACK
PUBLISHED: MAY 2018
PEN & SWORD FAMILY
Practical, accessible guide to researching East End history
Essential reading for anyone who is keen to gain an insight into East End ancestors
Full details of records researchers can consult – online sites, archives, libraries, books, museums
Includes a section recommending notable East End places to visit
Concise account of the development of the East End and its distinctive communities
The East End is one of the most famous parts of London and it has had its own distinctive identity since the district was of poverty and deprivation, for strong political and social movements, and for the extraordinary mix of immigrants who have shaped its history. Jonathan Oates’s handbook is the ideal guide to its complex, rich and varied story and it is an essential source for anyone who wants visit the area.
He outlines in vivid detail the development of the neighbourhoods that constitute the East End. In a series of information- employment – the docks, warehouses, factories, markets and shops. He looks at its historic poverty and describes how it gained a reputation for criminality, partly because of notorious criminals like Jack the Ripper and the Krays. This dark side to the history contrasts with the liveliness of the East End entertainments and the strong social bonds of the immigrants who made their home there – Huguenots, Jews, Bangladeshis and many others.
Throughout the book details are given of the records that researchers can consult in order to delve into the history for themselves – online sites, archives, libraries, books and museums.
About the Author
Buckinghamshire based Dr Jonathan Oates is the Ealing Borough Archivist and Local History Librarian, and he has written and lectured on the Jacobite rebellions and on aspects of the history of London, including its criminal past. He is also well known as an expert on family history and has written several introductory books on the subject including Tracing Your London Ancestors, Tracing Your Ancestors From 1066 to 1837 and Tracing Villains and Their Victims.