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.

27 July 2021 -  Thursday 29 July, marks the Centenary of the March to the High Court by the Poplar Councillors. A poetry reading by Keith Murphy will take place by Zoom on the day at 7.30 pm. "The March to The High Court 1921"  takes you on the route from Poplar to the High Court in the style of WH Auden's "Night Mail." The reading will be preceded by 30 seconds of silence as a mark of our respect to the 30 Councillors. Should any others have poems on the subject, please bring them along and give them an airing.












Time: Jul 29, 2021 07:30 PM London
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24 July 2021 - The rates Rebellion has made the Daily Mirror... 'Read all abaah dit!'
A centrepage spread no less, with quotes from Chris Sumner whose grandfather can be seen above in centre with the Mayor's chain of office.
If you can't get a copy of the paper, it can be read on their website.


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


The Hale Street Mural


Hale Street Mural Renovation

Work is now under way on the restoration of the Hale Street Mural in Poplar.

Artist David Bratby from Splash Arts is shown here at work on the newly restored wall. The finished article will be around the end of August - weather permitting. We're talking to LBTH about an unveiling. They're now looking for a really big curtain and a date that we'll share as soon as we know.



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.


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.