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The “tower” of Tower Court

The “tower” of Tower Court

The housing estate behind St Thomas church is named after a former vicar. It’s true that Fr Dachtler was here...

Sebastian Cox, furniture maker and manifesto writer

Sebastian Cox, furniture maker and manifesto writer

In those fallow days between Christmas and New Year, as terrible news of fire and flood kept breaking into consciousness,...

Winter Light in St Thomas’ Church

Winter Light in St Thomas’ Church

The church itself is generally quite dark and the lighting we have is pretty dreadful with brutal overhead spots that...

Our Christmas Star

Our Christmas Star

A few years ago I noticed that Stamford Hill had no civic sparkle. The Christmas lights stopped at Stoke Newington...

Jacob Dresner, Toyshop Owner on Oldhill Street

Jacob Dresner, Toyshop Owner on Oldhill Street

By day Jacob is selling toys to the local Jewish community as it prepares for Chanukah. By night he stays...

The Boss of Bethnal Green by Julian Woodford

The Boss of Bethnal Green by Julian Woodford

  It’s a story of a political psychopath who won successive elections by persuading the electorate to vote against their...

Our Whitechapel Foundry Bell (1773)

Our Whitechapel Foundry Bell (1773)

The Season of Advent, with its themes of apocalyptic dread, makes me a bit jumpy. First we had the sonic...

Speed Awareness Training

Speed Awareness Training

A few weeks ago we buried Richard. We loved Richard. The church service lasted nearly two hours as people stood...

Fire and Brimstone in the Scottish Highlands

Fire and Brimstone in the Scottish Highlands

In late autumn, before we brought in our geraniums for the winter, my wife and I took the night train...

Summoned by Bells

Summoned by Bells

I went to the Whitechapel Mosque on Saturday for a rally in support of the campaign to save the Whitechapel...

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