Goodmans Fields, London E1

Demolition of Goodmans Fields.

The old Natwest/RBS building being demolished:

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© Copyright Roger Jones and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Goodmans Fields following demolition:

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© Copyright Roger Jones and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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I worked in this building on and off between 1997 and 2006.

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This is a fascinating part of London. Here is an excerpt from John Stowe’s “Survey of London” where Goodman’s Fields are mentioned for the first time in 1601:

“Near adjoining to this abbey, on the south side thereof, was sometime a farm belonging to the said nunnery; at the which farm I myself in my youth have fetched many a halfpenny worth of milk, and never had less than three ale pints for a halfpenny in the summer, nor less than one ale quart for a halfpenny in the winter, always hot from the kine, as the same was milked and strained. One Trolop, and afterwards Goodman, were farmers there, and had thirty or forty kine to the pail. Goodman’s son being heir to his father’s purchase, let out the ground first for the grazing of horses, and then for garden-plots, and lived like a gentleman thereby.”

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More recently (1936) the “Battle of Cable Street” started in Cable Street and spread around the local area including Goodmans Fields.

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To find out more about Goodmans Fields, Click on this link:

* Goodmans Fields in the Anglican parish of St George-in-the-East with St Paul website.

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To be continued . . .

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