My Poplar Eastenders – Carrie Lumsden


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Carrie Lumsden’s memories of growing up in Poplar begin in 1912 and end with her getting the sack from her ‘lovely job’ at Brooke Bond’s tea factory, Aldgate in 1921.

Here are vivid descriptions of home above a rag and bone shop . . . running errands to the corner shops . . . Chrisp Street Market in its heyday . . . Lusty’s woodyard where kids queued to buy two pennyworth of sticks and of Foley’s cats meat shop which sold horseflesh ‘that looked so appetising we ate half of it on the way home’.

This very personal account gives a fascinating insight into life as a child in East London during the first world war.