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It does have to be admitted that there is a difficulty in defining what and where the East End begins and ends. The physical East end is as difficult to define as the spiritual ideal with which so many cockneys, wherever they now live, feel such a connection. During my childhood it was very clear where it was placed: it was where we lived, and Hackney was, according to us lot south of Victoria Park, very definitely in north London, and parts of what is now Newham were definitely much too posh to be thought of as being inhabited by rough East Enders – when an auntie and uncle moved to furnished rooms in Upton Park, they had ‘made it’. But times and understanding, and meanings, change.
Gilda O’Neill My East End
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