Learning about London

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Lots of daylight here. Sunrise at 4:44 AM, sunset at 9:16 PM.

Weather: mostly sunny, cool wind, no rain!

We and the Paul Kiss family spent some time in East London. At the Liverpool Street Underground Station we saw this.

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This is the Children of the Kindertransport Statue. The plaque has this inscription: In gratitude to the people of Britain for saving the lives of 10,000 unaccompanied mainly Jewish children who fled the Nazi persecution in 1938 and 1939.

After this we met, by previous plan, our friend “Mr. Wikipedia,” so that he could lead us on a walking tour of Whitechapel and Tower Hamlets, two boroughs in East London.

Some of the highlights of the tour were:

This is the area where the serial killer Jack the Ripper murdered five women in 1888 and then disappeared.

The hospital where the “elephant man” was a patient.

The changing demographics of these areas from mainly local British people to Jews to Asians, primarily immigrants from Bangladesh. This is the largest population of Bengali people outside Bangladesh. Tower Hamlets is affectionately called Bangla Town.

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The large East London Mosque.

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A poster promoting the Qur’an.

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The Whitechapel Bell Foundry, where Big Ben, and the Liberty Bell, and the bell for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II were cast. The Foundry was established in 1570.

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Christ Church in Spitalfields, an evangelical Anglican Church that is reaching out to the people of the community. Spitalfields is a former parish in what is now Tower Hamlets.

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A building that was once a Methodist Chapel in the days of John Wesley and is now a Muslim mosque.

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Creative art on the street.

We had a buffet lunch at a restaurant that serves Bangladeshi and Indian food.

Then JoLene and I went to the home of the Kisses to review their five years of service here in London and to project what might be done in the future after the Kisses return to Canada this month.

 

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