If you have a look through the historic map on layers of London you will find that Shoreditch Park is quite a recent arrival in East London. Looking at the OS Maps from the late 19th century you can see that this area was densely populated with terraced housing on streets like
Clift Street and Salisbury Street that are no longer there. The next OS Maps we have from the mid 20th century show a dramatically altered landscape with many of the terraces gone and replaced with new kinds of houses. What happened? The answer can be found in the London City
Council Bomb Damage maps - the area was badly hit during the blitz, with many of the houses coloured purple for "beyond repair" and black for "total destruction." The war was a disaster for the people who lived in this area, causing huge disruption and displacement.
After the war
was over pre-fabricated homes were erected to house the city's new homeless population. Though intended as a temporary solution, the prefabs remained until the 1960s and they were quite an improvement for many people who had their first experience living with modern amenities
like indoor running water. An interviewee for the Shoreditch Park Project said "I tell you what, the prefabs, we would have all liked one. Cos what, they had better amenities. They even had an ironing board that come out the wall to come down to do your ironing on, and then it
went back into the wall!"
In the 1960s the houses on this site were condemned to make way for the park. Today, Hackney Council's management plan for the park pays special attention to the need to be respectful to the park's heritage as a residential area and the devastation that
occurred here during the war. In 2005 the Museum of London commissioned an excavation of the area in collaboration with people from the community and people who lived on the park's lost streets. There is an episode of Time Team about this, available on YouTube (link below).
Related Links Time Team - Buried by the Blitz (2006) 1941
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