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London’s first charity shop?

Between 1870 and the end of the 1930s, this was the site of the first known fundraising shop in London’s history. It was, however, rather different from the charity shops we know today.

Social housing for the East End’s Jewish community

The arch still standing here marks the site of the first housing estate of the Four Per Cent Industrial Dwellings Company, a pioneering social housing project set up by Nathan Mayer Rothschild in the 1880s.

The first Peabody Housing Estate

In 1864, the first families moved in to these Peabody Buildings, the first of the housing projects funded by the American banker George Peabody.

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Former site of Blackfriars Monastery

The Dominican monks, colloquially called the Blackfriars because of their black habits, had an impressive monastery after which this area of London is named. After intense involvement in Henry VIII’s love life, they were dissolved along with all of England’s other orders.