Vintage: East London in the 1960s by Steve Lewis

Vintage: East London in the 1960s by Steve Lewis


From between 1963 and 1969, Steve Lewis, a former photographer for The Sun and the Newham Recorder, captured the East End in all its dilapidated glory. He tilted his lens towards everything from the era’s bomb-site reconstruction to its political graffiti daubed across walls east of the City and north of the Thames, the area traditionally considered to be the East End.

Fans waiting to get into West Ham football club.

Fans waiting to get into West Ham football club. © Steve Lewis

Gypsy families on Beckton Marshes East london.

Gypsy families on Beckton Marshes East london. © Steve Lewis

Street trader selling vegtables in the streets of Barking.

Street trader selling vegtables in the streets of Barking. © Steve Lewis

Rag and bone man on his rounds in the East End.

Rag and bone man on his rounds in the East End. © Steve Lewis

Leslie Lucking combined the roles of Lollipop lady and mother to her daughter Tracey.

Leslie Lucking combined the roles of Lollipop lady and mother to her daughter Tracey. © Steve Lewis

Racial tension starts in the East End in the 6o's

Racial tension starts in the East End in the 6o’s. © Steve Lewis

London's East End in the 60's

London’s East End in the 60’s. © Steve Lewis

London's East End in the 60's

London’s East End in the 60’s. © Steve Lewis

In a halfway home in Newham.

In a halfway home in Newham. © Steve Lewis

Sisters Rose Walsham & Susan Lawrence, lifelong customers at the Duke of Fife.

Sisters Rose Walsham & Susan Lawrence, lifelong customers at the Duke of Fife. © Steve Lewis


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