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Cable Street Mural

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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
Published August 3rd 2014
The most important piece of street art you will ever see

Here's a real piece of modern history, and something you can see within minutes of following the cycle route from Tower Hill (or Shadwell station if you're on public transport).

Sitting pretty on a wall just off Cable Street, between the Highway and Shadwell overground station is a mural depicting a particular historical event, well-known to those in the East End of London.

Remembering an event that took place in 1936, the mural depicts a clash between the police, anti- fascists and the British Union of Fascists, who planned to march through the area, wearing uniforms styled on 'blackshirts' (fascist uniforms).

The refusal of the anti-fascists to allow the marchers to follow their route through the area directly led to clashes with the police, with everything from sticks, rocks, barracades and even the contents of chamber pots being used to deter the police. The march was diverted, and as a result of the actions the creation of the Public Order Act was passed, which required police consent for public marches to take place, and the banning of political uniforms being worn when doing so.

The mural to this famous and important event is painted on the side of St George's Town Hall. Painted in the 1980's it has seen some action itself, as it has been a victim of vandalism at periods of its life - though for the last few years at least it has stood proud and remained untouched. The dramatic style of the painting matches the events ferociousness - it is quite simply something you should see for yourself, should you be anywhere near the area.

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Why? History - on a wall
When: Daylight hours
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Where: 236 Cable St, London E1 0BL
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