Archaeological excavations have shown the existence of a Roman quarry in Shadwell’s Old English. The name is taken to mean a shallow well. The quarry has for years been used as a cemetery with a mausoleum tower. In the early 3rd century, the area got divided into plots where people resided. In a timber-lined tank, the people discovered a leather bikini which was believed to have lasted there since the 4th century. A decade later, the site was deserted for agricultural purposes.
When Bishop de Fauconberg passed on in 1228, he had offered an estate to the dean and chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral. The estate got occupied by Norman landowners. By the end of the ear, the estate had grown to hundreds of acres. The beautiful Prospect of Whitby got built in the year 1520. Since then, the scenic has been rebuilt to retain its antique nature. The development of Maritime industries in the 1630s resulted in the growth of Shadwell whereby a chapel got built in the year 1656.
In 1669, Shadwell grew to a parish and, many of its occupants were seafarers. In 1820, the conditions at the parish were not conducive. Therefore, a St Paul’s church got built. In the 1840s, philanthropists made the building in Glasshouse fields to public wash houses.
In 1872 in London, a Pilgrimage; Blanchard Jerrold wrote about the obscure haunts of poverty and crime which reigned in institutions such as Bluegate Fieldsragged schools in Shadwell. Gustave Dore depicted an epic picture of the scene. The construction of docks in the 1850s led to the destruction of some of the slums. Even so, the features of the district did not change until after the Second World War. Second World War ushered in council blocks.
However, the structure of Shadwell has changed. Even though a wealthy class has emerged, a large population of Shadwell still wallows in poverty. The housing association rents houses and still, unemployment carries the day. In the 2011 census, forty-four percent of Shadwell’s population are of Bangladesh origin whereas twenty-three percent descent from Britain. The dominant religion is Islam whereas Christianity ranks second.
Today, although not London wealthiest District, a large number of tower blocks have risen for rental, and with is very close proximity to the London’s City Center make’s it a perfect spot to commute in from. Connected by both the DLR (East-to-West) and Overground (North-to-South) makes this a well-connected area as you can get to Bank Station in a mere 3 Mins via the DLR. In the other direction Canary Wharf and Limehouse, only 3 stops away.