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Friday, 24 August 2012
Weavers Fields, Bethnal Green

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This park, in centre of the photograph was laid out in the 1960s on an area that was cleared of housing by the GLC in the 1960s, following World War II bomb damage. Residents were moved into high rise flats. The original site was intended to be much larger. Much work was done in the 1990s and 2000s to create a park from open grassland. According to Wikipedia, 41% of the population of Bethnal Green is of Bangladeshi origin, making this the largest ethnic group. Every year since 1997 the Baishakhi Mela has been celebrated in Bethnal Green, and since 1999 it has been held in Weavers Field. This event celebrates the Bengali New Year.

The name of the fields probably date back to the 18th Century when the silk-weaving trade spread eastwards from Spitalfields into Bethnal Green, attracting many immigrant Huguenot and Irish weavers to the district. In the 19th Century Jack the Ripper operated at the western end of Bethnal Green and in neighbouring Whitechapel.

The fields today consist of a dog walking area, a small children’s play area, two football pitches and a Community Cafe in the centre of the fields.

Posted by bigblue on 24/08/2012 at 07:49 PM
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