23 Facts About Stepney


Stepney is a district in the East End of London in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

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Stepney Green is a remnant of a larger area of Common Land formerly known as Mile End Green.

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Stepney'storically, Stepney was a very large manor and Ancient Parish which covered most of what would become the East End.

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Hundreds of years the term Stepney referred to the Manor and Ancient Parish of Stepney, with the first contemporary record of the Manor around the year 1000.

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In 1720 the historian John Strype wrote that Stepney should be esteemed a province rather than a parish, due to its large population, area and the diversity of urban, rural and maritime industries.

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Stepney formed a large Ancient Parish in the Tower division of the Ossulstone hundred of Middlesex.

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Manor of Stepney was held by the Bishop of London, but the Constable of the Tower of London had important rights and responsibilities in the area.

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St Dunstan's has a long association with the sea, with the parish of Stepney being responsible for registration of British maritime births, marriages and deaths until the 19th century.

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Stepney's additional responsibility for those born at sea was something of a burden.

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From 1819 the rump of Stepney consisted of three hamlets; Mile End New Town, Ratcliffe and Mile End Old Town .

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In 1866 the rump civil parish of Stepney came to an end when its three component hamlets became independent civil parishes.

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Leonard Montefiore memorial fountain on Stepney Green is named for a young writer and philanthropist, Leonard Montefiore, who at the time of his death in 1879 was known for his philanthropic work in the East End of London.

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Stepney enlisted the help of local amateurs, and the Russian Jewish Operatic Company made their debut at the Beaumont Hall, close to Stepney Green tube station.

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On 31 July 1987 the Docklands Light Railway, which operated over the old LBR line, commenced operations, with new platforms built on the site of the old LBR platforms; at East Stepney which had been renamed Limehouse on 11 May that year.

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Stepney has no political role and holds no office in any political party.

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Stepney is in the constituency of Bethnal Green and Bow, represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Rushanara Ali of the Labour Party.

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Stepney has local councillors from three wards, St Dunstan's, Bethnal Green and Stepney Green.

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Stepney Green developed as a street of residential housing off the Mile End Road in the 15th century, and now refers to the area in north Stepney.

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Stepney City Farm is a city farm which provides a number of community services, such as guided tours, workshops and other activities.

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Stepney All Saints School is a Church of England voluntary aided school that was opened in 1710 by Sir John Cass as the Sir John Cass School.

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Stepney Green Maths, Computing and Science College is a community school for boys, the curriculum is broad, there is a wide range of extra-curricular activities offered before, during and after school.

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Stepney F C is a non-league association football team which currently plays in the Tower Hamlets-based Inner London Football League.

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Musicians Monty Norman and Lionel Bart, were born in Stepney, as was musician Wiley, widely considered to be the founding father of grime music.

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