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C & K Grocers, Spitalfields, East End of London. “From the floor to the roof, the shop was stocked full of everything you could imagine.” (1982)

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Sad story-Wellclose Square Stepney - When Geoffrey Fletcher turned into Wellclose Sq in the spring of 1968, he stumbled upon an eerie scene. Earmarked for redevelopment, the entire square – the oldest and most historically important in East London – was about to disappear. Its destruction, together with Swedenborg (originally Princes) Sq, a smaller neighbour to the east, erased two and a half centuries of history and ripped the heart out of this remarkable enclave of forgotten London.