There are so many interesting details to see in Poplar. One of the bigger details is the beautiful Woodstock Street facing west onto Poplar Recreation Ground.
The street was built in the mid 1850s during the Victorian period. Like many tenancies of the day, the covenants prohibited the lessees and their tenants from practising specified noxious trades, including the boiling of horseflesh (to create cat meat), tallow melting and soapmaking, and from using forges, anvils or steam engines on the premises. Tailoring the requirements to fit those who wouldn’t need to work from home; the ever-increasing middle class.
Woodstock Terrace was thought to be one of the most respectable streets in Poplar. In 1881 the occupants included two clergymen, two schoolmistresses, a schoolmaster, a wine merchant, three clerks and two master mariners.
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