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Autumn Street, E3.

Housing has long vanished from this street, indeed this whole area, apart from the odd pair to the right. The inspiration for the romantic fiction book Autumn Alley by East London author, Lena Kennedy. She said there was a pub on the corner, but I suspect it was where the filling station is or else the Iceland (now the Lighthouse) on the corner of Iceland Street.

Autumn Street was coloured blue on General Booth's 1898-9 poverty map of London i.e. poor.. To the right was a dye works.

As Booth writes "Autumn Street we make pink (some comfortable) whereas Carter (the policeman) says it should be dark blue (poverty) Summer and Spring streets are the resort of prostitutes and a lower class of labourer..." It seems to have become blue on the map.

 

Summer and Spring streets were some way further south, vanished beneath the A12 and the southbound slip road.

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Taken on July 28, 2009