You don’t have to look far for some local Christmas reading, discovers LoveEast

The Lower Clapton Tales
Published by Hackney Historic Buildings Trust and written by Carolyn Clark, who also
co-wrote The Shoreditch Tales, The Lower Clapton Tales is a fascinating look at life in and around Lower Clapton in the 20th century, as told by people born and bred or living in the area for a long time.

It is lavishly illustrated with contemporary photographs and material. More than 50 local people contributed their stories and photos, never made public before, to create this book.

delivering coal in East London 1930s

Delivering coal, 1930s

Living memories are woven with historical accounts to tell sometimes humorous,

sometimes moving, and often surprising stories of life in Lower Clapton.

The book contains over 120 photos, map and illustrations from Victorian times to the modern day.

As well as making a great gift this Christmas, the book is a useful publication for those wanting an interesting perspective on the history of Hackney.

It will rekindle memories for people who have known the area for a long time and would be a great way to find out about Lower Clapton for newcomers.

Available from local retailers and online, priced at £9.95.




Secret Whitechapel
Find out about the hidden history of Whitechapel. Where can you find the infamous message by Jack the Ripper that has continually perplexed historians and led to much debate over the years? Or where is the natural oasis in the middle of Whitechapel? These and many other secrets are revealed in this new book by Louis Berk and Rachel Kolsky. £14.99 from local book shops, Kindle, iBooks and Kobo.

Lower Clapton Tales book cover, East End