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Key Facts:
Newham is the third most deprived area in the country.
It has the highest percentage of population aged 0-24 years (41%) in England
61% of residents are from non-white ethnic groups
Newham has the third highest proportion of population age 16-74 in London without any qualifications - 34%.
Newham has the highest percentage of lone-parent households - 11.9%, or 10,992 households.


Newham is just five miles east of the City of London. The borough is bounded by the River Thames in the south, the River Lea in the west, the River Roding in the east, and Wanstead Flats to the north.
From the mid-19th century the rapid growth of docks and riverside industries in the south of the borough, and new railways lines in the north, brought new residents to the area. New communities grew up to house workers in the new industries.

Irish dockers, German chemists and sugar bakers, Scottish sugar workers, Lithuanians escaping persecution in Eastern Europe all settled into the area, with Victoria Dock Road becoming one of the most cosmopolitan in London. Indians, Chinese, Jews and Italians ran shops, dining rooms and boarding houses. Black seamen settled with their families in Canning Town and Custom House, which by the 1930s had the largest Black population in London.
New communities continue to arrive, bringing new influences. In 2000, it was estimated that over half the population is now from Black and Asian communities, with the proportion higher among younger residents. There are more than 30 ethnic minority communities in the borough.

Musical links

Newham’s links to the great and the good of the music business are many and varied:

The Beatles played a gig at East Ham Bingo Hall as part of their London tourafter the release of their first single back in 1963.

Billy Ocean spent time growing up in Canning Town and working for Fords in Dagenham before he hit the big time with ‘When the Going gets Tough’ and ‘Love really hurts’

Oasis played a gig at ‘The Island” in Ilford in 1991, before they were famous. ‘The Island’ is now a wine bar.

The Small Faces (1960s mod band) were from Plaistow, and one of their most successful songs – ‘Itcycoo Park’, was based on Upton Park.

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