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12 Facts About Shoreditch
Shoreditch's early plays were first performed in Shoreditch, at The Theatre and at the nearby Curtain Theatre, built the following year and 200 yards to the south (marked by a commemorative plaque in Hewett Street off Curtain Road).
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Suburb of Shoreditch was attractive as a location for these early theatres because, like Southwark, it was outside the jurisdiction of the somewhat puritanical City fathers.
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Shoreditch was heavily bombed during World War II, with around 495 of its residents killed.
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Shoreditch post-war declined in conditions, as did both textile and furniture industries with competition elsewhere.
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Formerly a predominantly working-class area, since around 1996 Shoreditch has become a popular and fashionable part of London, particularly associated with the creative industries.
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The developments will result in more residential units being available for sale in Shoreditch than were produced by the Olympics athletes' village.
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Shoreditch was based for many centuries on the Ancient Parish of Shoreditch, part of the county of Middlesex.
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Shoreditch is home to the Baron Wei of Shoreditch, who lives in the area and sits as a Conservative life peer and Lords Temporal as part of the House of Lords.
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