Grinning child points gun at cop in London’s iconic Brick Lane from fascinating black and white 70s photo album

Grinning child points gun at cop in London’s iconic Brick Lane from fascinating black and white 70s photo album

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STARTLING pictures of what life was like in London’s famous Brick Lane 40 years ago have emerged.

The road, which often symbolises the East End, was very to the hipster cafes and restaurants that line the street nowadays.

A kid pulls a toy gun on a copper on Brick Lane, E1, in 1978
Paul Trevor © 2018. All rights reserved.
Some kids muck about in the street as the market closes up on Sclater Street in 1975
Paul Trevor © 2014. All rights reserved

Back in the late 1970s it contained some of the worst poverty in Britain and was still trying to recover from the heavy bombardment it received in the Blitz during World War II.

It was also the scene of some ugly, violent racist incidents as a wave of Bangladeshi immigrants moved in to make the capital their new home and sometimes got a hostile reception.

During this time local resident Paul Trevor decided to quit his job as an accountant when he was 25 and instead take up his camera to portray life on the iconic London road.


The self-taught photographer has now gathered the stunning pictures together in a new book called Once Upon a Time in Brick Lane.

The introduction, written by author and screenwriter Alan Gilbey, who also hails from the East End, says: “…looking at Paul’s photographs, you can see all the special, fleeting, human moments…

“With the flick of a shutter, at the perfect time, these people live again. Even in monochrome, there is so much life.”

Men from the Bangladeshi community get dressed up in their finest 70s gear and pose on Brick Lane in 1977
Paul Trevor © 2019. All rights reserved.
A man sells hot dogs and burgers on Sclater Street in 1975
Paul Trevor © 2019. All rights reserved.
People try to make a little money by flogging items on Chilton Street, E2, in 1977
Paul Trevor © 2014. All rights reserved
A group of kids have fun on Fournier Street, E1, in 1974
Paul Trevor © 2014. All rights reserved
Wentworth Street and the surrounding area had been heavily bombed during the Blitz as this picture from 1978 shows
Paul Trevor © 2014. All rights reserved
A little girl doesn’t look too happy while standing on Cheshire Street in 1975
Paul Trevor © 2014. All rights reserved
A lady takes a break on Brick Lane in 1978
Paul Trevor © 2013. All rights reserved.
A group of women take a walk down Commercial Street in 1981
Paul Trevor © 2014. All rights reserved
Once Upon a Time in Brick Lane is published by Hoxton Mini Press

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