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Mile End mural Mile End mural & Tower Hamlets Mission

Mural: Mile End mural

Erection date: 2011

Murals are often rather fun puzzles so do have a go identifying what you can before reading further.  A key given at Ponyhide helped us with a number of references.

As well as the ‘Subjects commemorated’ that we list on this page, this mural also shows: dockers (loosely based on the statue Dockers at Victoria Dock), some Eric Gill sculptures (he did the reliefs on the People's Palace), the artists' dog 'Scout'.  WW2 is referenced by the V1 flying bomb in the sky.  A section of ‘Guernica’ is depicted, a painting by Pablo Picasso displayed at Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1939.  And the buildings: 30 St Mary Axe, Christ Church Spitalfields; ‘House’ - artwork by Rachel Whiteread - cast of the inside of a house on Grove Road; East London Mosque; Baron de Stern clock tower; Royal London Hospital; Whitechapel Art Gallery; Blooms - kosher restaurant; Trinity Green Almshouses.  Let us know if we've missed anything.

The inclusion of some of the characters needs explanation:  Gandhi stayed at Kingsley Hall in 1931 when he came to London to discuss Indian independence.  The Queen visited Whitechapel Bell Foundry in 2009.  Hockney had his first exhibition at The Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1970.  George Bernard Shaw attended Fabian Society meetings in Whitechapel.  Pepys's mother was the daughter of a Whitechapel butcher, and his diary records him visiting the area.  Lenin lived in nearby Fieldgate Street.  Charrington is shown symbolically taking a brewery dray horse out of service.

This mural was covered in a Londonist post and the comments focussed on how few women are represented.  True.

Designed by Mychael Barratt who also painted it, with James Glover and Nicholas Middleton.  More about Baratt and his work at Spitalfields Life.

Site: Mile End mural & Tower Hamlets Mission (3 memorials)

E1, Mile End Road, 31, Charis

The two plaques are inside the gates, one on each side, on the set back walls facing the pavement. The statue is William Booth and not yet published.

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This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
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Information Subjects commemorated

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World War 2

Sorry, we've done no research on WW2, it's just too big a subject. But do vis...

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Gilbert and George

Artists.  George Passmore was born 8 January 1942 in Plymouth.  Gilbert Proes...

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The Krays

Twin brothers Ronald "Ronnie" Kray, 24 October 1933 - 17 March 1995, and Regi...

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Whitechapel Boys

From the Whitechapel Gallery: "A group of significant artists and writers eme...

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William Booth

Founded the Salvation Army.  Born Nottingham.  Came to London in 1849 to find...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
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Information Created by

T. V. and Anthony Edwards

Anthony is a senior partner of the law firm T. V. Edwards which was establish...

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Mychael Barratt

Painter and printmaker.  Born Canada c.1960.  Based in London since 1984.  Pe...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
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Information Also at this site

Tower Hamlets Mission - 1

To the glory of God and for the further extension of His kingdom on earth thi...

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Tower Hamlets Mission - 2

In thanksgiving to God for the devotion and generosity of the friends of the ...

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