The Shoreditch Tales gives the history of Shoreditch, Hoxton and Haggerston from the earliest times to the recent past.

Living memories and historical documents are combined to tell sometimes humorous, sometimes moving tales of everyday life in Shoreditch in the 19th and 20th centuries. More than forty local people contributed to The Shoreditch Tales. It contains over 100 photos and illustrations, from Victorian times up to the 1980s. Many have never been published before. Objects and memorabilia are also used to help weave the tales. The Shoreditch Tales contains four maps showing the area from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. It has 172 pages and is in full colour.

The Shoreditch Tales is published by Shoreditch Trust:

ISBN code 978-0-9563222-1-0


Carolyn Clark lived and worked in Shoreditch for over 20 years from 1976. She edited ‘Shoreditch Views’ community newspaper in the mid-1980s and wrote ‘In Shoreditch’ magazine’s regular Past and Present column in the 2000s. She has written for other publications ranging Shoreditch Unbound, 2011 and Hackney: Portrait of a Community 1967- 2017.

Linda Wilkinson co-wrote The Shoreditch Tales. Linda lives in Bethnal Green, an area her family has been associated with for 150 years. She wrote Watercress but no Sandwiches: 300 Years of the Columbia Road Area, 2001, co-authored Oonford Detective Agency, 2010 and Columbia Road: Of Blood and Belonging, 2017. Her plays include ‘Dust at Midnight’, ‘Disparate Bodies’, ‘Diamond Lil’ and ‘Bloodline’.