22nd September 2014
Writing: Niall Jones (Year 12)
This week, dozens of excited Geography A Level students gathered at Amersham station for an interesting and educational trip to London’s East End and City, accompanied by Mr Patteson, Mr Atkinson, Mr Suter and Mr Davies. A second trip leaves on Thursday 25th.
On arrival at Aldgate Station around an hour later, we split into groups and walked down Whitechapel High Street, observing interesting features such as the East End Mosque, before discussing deprivation and traffic problems in the area. After this, we walked to Brick Lane, home of some of Britain’s best curries, before coming to Fournier Street, a wealthy, formerly Huguenot area on the edge of the City, marking the end of the East End part of the trip. Here we discussed features and problems that have contributed to deprivation in Tower Hamlets, such as the disappearance of industry and immigration.
Having left the East End we stopped for lunch at Spitalfields Market, where we explored the area and especially the food outlets! Excitement rose as we arrived at the Bank of England to find a film shoot going on, but to everyone’s disappointment what we thought might have been Man of Steel 2 or Batman vs Superman turned out to be an advert for TW Steel watches. Our final stop before returning home was the Barbican where we saw for ourselves the failure of Patrick Abercrombie’s Greater London Plan.
The trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all those who went and proved very helpful in widening our knowledge of urban issues.