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In pictures: the East End as you’ve never seen it before

By Megan Carnegie
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Reckon you know east London? Think again. The long-lost pictures of the late Stepney-born photographer David Granick have been collected into a new photobook by Hoxton Mini Press, and they cast the streets of yesteryear in warm Kodachrome hues – a million miles away from the usual black-and-white stuff.

Above: The George Tavern on Commercial Road, 1969.
Top: Whitechapel Road, 1965

Granick’s images span 20 years from 1960, so you’ll recognise plenty of scenes and mourn the loss of many more. Look out for the once resplendent and still brilliant George Tavern in Whitechapel, Stepney Green’s now-demolished Stifford Estate and the hand-painted signage of Percy Dalton’s Nut Products – the site of which is now home to a restaurant with an oyster bar.

The East End in Colour: 1960-1980’ is published on February 22 and you can see Granick’s prints IRL at Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives until May 5.

See more pictures of the East End in colour…

Stifford Estate, 1961

Spitalfields Market, 1973

Gardiner’s Corner, 1963

Brushfield Street, 1970

Watney Market under construction, 1974

Mile End Road, 1977

Belhaven Street (now demolished), 1977

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