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The Battle of Cable Street

"They shall not pass"


Inspired by the work of the Mexican Muralists, Dave Binnington began this 20-metre-high mural in 1976, making a detailed study of the history of East-End antifascism working with local people. Painting was begun in 1979, and stopped in 1981, due to it being more work than originally thought.


The mural sat unfinished and in 1982 it was wrecked by right-wing meddlers. The bottom, vandalised section was sandblasted away, and the mural was completed the following year by the painters Paul Butler and Desmond Rochford, and the great London muralist Ray Walker. The top part closely follows Binnington's original design, but the bottom parts are rather different.

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Taken on October 17, 2009