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Watercress But No Sandwiches – 300 years of the Columbia Road area

The story of the Jesus Hospital Estate in Bethnal Green and some of its residents. It was owned by the same philanthropic trust for 300 years until 1979 when it was sold. Shortly afterwards it was scheduled for demolition. This was halted by its residents who came together after the first houses had been levelled.

Winner of the Raymond Williams Prize

An important, beautifully written and illustrated record of an East End area and its people, it is at time funny and moving but never self-indulgent.’

VE Day 1945 with Diamond Lil at the centre of the community