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