Allow us to introduce you to one of the most significant events in Twentieth Century local democracy and how local Councillors were jailed for putting their people first.

This story of ordinary people standing firm for their community resonates today, a century later.


In 1921, the recently elected Poplar Borough Council found itself on the wrong end of a ruling by the High Court and a number of  Councillors (30) were sent to jail indefinitely for Contempt of Court.

Their Crime? It was a refusal to collect the cross-London precept for the London County Council, the Metropolitan Police, the Metropolitan Asylums Board and the Metropolitan Water Board from their poverty stricken residents.
Read more about theses events on our History page.

2021 is the Centenary of these events. Join the conversation with Daily Tweets and join the Centenary Association on Facebook 



I , Minnie Lansbury has been written to mark the Poplar100 by writer Bren Gosling.
The play will be premiered as a staged performance at RADA Studio Theatre on Saturday 16th  October, as part of the 2021 Bloomsbury Festival.


The Hale Street Mural

Tower Hamlets have now engaged contractors to repair and weatherproof the wall. A start date from the contractors is now awaited. A week after wall repairs have been completed, the mural repairs will commence.
A start date will be posted when known.


Are you a relative/descendant of any of the jailed Councillors? Please do get in touch and if you can help with the event we are planning on Friday 17 September - "Who were Poplar's Revolting Councillors?", or if you can help with a booklet, we'd be delighted to hear from you.

Please use the Contact Form to find out more. 


This site is supported by the George Lansbury Memorial Trust which was founded in 2012 to commemorate the life, work and legacy of George Lansbury (1859–1940). A pioneering campaigner for peace, women’s rights, local democracy and improvements in labour conditions, Lansbury was an adopted East Ender who made a great contribution to local as well as national life.




George Lansbury, MP for Bow & Bromley, led the Labour Party from 1932–1935 and spent his political life campaigning for social justice, women’s rights and world disarmament. The Lansbury Estate in Poplar is named after him. It was built as part of the 1951 Festival of Britain, as an example of ‘housing for the people’ after the Second World War.