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Constance Street: The true story of one family and one street in London's East End

Charlie Connelly

One forgotten street, 12 unforgettable women.‘’Ang on boy, Joan’s got sumfink to show yer.’ She rummaged in a drawer for a moment, pulled out a piece of paper and handed it to me.‘Constance Street,’ she said. ‘As I remember it.’Through the story of one street – Constance Street – we hear the true life tales of a tight knit group of working class women in the East End of London set against a backdrop of war, hardship and struggle.It’s a story of matriarchy and deep family ties, of a generation that was scattered away from the street during the blitz bombings, but which maintained the ties of that street for decades afterwards.Set in an area of East London called Silvertown, a once thriving docking community that at the turn of the 20th century was the industrial heartland of the south of England; the story focuses on the lives of 12 incredible women and their struggle to survive amidst the chaos of the war years.We have Nellie Greenwood, the author’s great grandmother who runs a laundry in Silvertown which becomes the focal point of the community. In 1917 a munitions factory in Silvertown explodes flattening much of the surrounding area and causing extensive damage to Constance Street – Nellie’s daughter is blown from her crib but miraculously survives.Deciding to open the laundry as a field hospital for the injured, Nellie and the women on the street come together to tend the wounded, the sick and the emotionally shattered as they cope with the aftermath of not just one but two world wars.Through the Great War, the roaring Twenties, the Depression and then the unimaginable – the outbreak of a second world war – Nellie and the street survive with love, laughter and friendships that bind the community together. But just as this incredible group of women live through the worst, the unthinkable happens. On 7 September 1940, Constance Street is no more.Following in the footsteps of Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth and The Sugar Girls, Constance Street is a life-affirming, heart-warming read that reminds us o

One forgotten street, 12 unforgettable women.‘’Ang on boy, Joan’s got sumfink to show yer.’ She rummaged in a drawer for a moment, pulled out a piece of paper and handed it to me.‘Constance Street,’ she said. ‘As I remember it.’Through the story of one street – Constance Street – we hear the true life tales of a tight knit group of working class women in the East End of London set against a backdrop of war, hardship and struggle.It’s a story of matriarchy and deep family ties, of a generation that was scattered away from the street during the blitz bombings, but which maintained the ties of that street for decades afterwards.Set in an area of East London called Silvertown, a once thriving docking community that at the turn of the 20th century was the industrial heartland of the south of England; the story focuses on the lives of 12 incredible women and their struggle to survive amidst the chaos of the war years.We have Nellie Greenwood, the author’s great grandmother who runs a laundry in Silvertown which becomes the focal point of the community. In 1917 a munitions factory in Silvertown explodes flattening much of the surrounding area and causing extensive damage to Constance Street – Nellie’s daughter is blown from her crib but miraculously survives.Deciding to open the laundry as a field hospital for the injured, Nellie and the women on the street come together to tend the wounded, the sick and the emotionally shattered as they cope with the aftermath of not just one but two world wars.Through the Great War, the roaring Twenties, the Depression and then the unimaginable – the outbreak of a second world war – Nellie and the street survive with love, laughter and friendships that bind the community together. But just as this incredible group of women live through the worst, the unthinkable happens. On 7 September 1940, Constance Street is no more.Following in the footsteps of Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth and The Sugar Girls, Constance Street is a life-affirming, heart-warming read that reminds us o
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One forgotten street, 12 unforgettable women.‘’Ang on boy, Joan’s got sumfink to show yer.’ She rummaged in a drawer for a moment, pulled out a piece of paper and handed it to me.‘Constance Street,’ she said. ‘As I remember it.’Through the story of one street – Constance Street – we hear the true life tales of a tight knit group of working class women in the East End of London set against a backdrop of war, hardship and struggle.It’s a story of matriarchy and deep family ties, of a generation that was scattered away from the street during the blitz bombings, but which maintained the ties of that street for decades afterwards.Set in an area of East London called Silvertown, a once thriving docking community that at the turn of the 20th century was the industrial heartland of the south of England; the story focuses on the lives of 12 incredible women and their struggle to survive amidst the chaos of the war years.We have Nellie Greenwood, the author’s great grandmother who runs a laundry in Silvertown which becomes the focal point of the community. In 1917 a munitions factory in Silvertown explodes flattening much of the surrounding area and causing extensive damage to Constance Street – Nellie’s daughter is blown from her crib but miraculously survives.Deciding to open the laundry as a field hospital for the injured, Nellie and the women on the street come together to tend the wounded, the sick and the emotionally shattered as they cope with the aftermath of not just one but two world wars.Through the Great War, the roaring Twenties, the Depression and then the unimaginable – the outbreak of a second world war – Nellie and the street survive with love, laughter and friendships that bind the community together. But just as this incredible group of women live through the worst, the unthinkable happens. On 7 September 1940, Constance Street is no more.Following in the footsteps of Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth and The Sugar Girls, Constance Street is a life-affirming, heart-warming read that reminds us o

Language:

English

Narrators:

Leighton Pugh

Length:

7h 50m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:17


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

22:26


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

11:37


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:05


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:36


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:12


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:33


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:24


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:15


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

14:26


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

13:16


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:42


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:52


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

11:52


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:38


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:59


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

11:24


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

26:26


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

15:28


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

11:21


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:46


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

11:28


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

13:02


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

13:48


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

10:22


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

19:52


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

10:21


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:36


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

11:01


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:43


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

14:31


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

12:52


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:40


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:30


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

11:20


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

19:34


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:03


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:38


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:07


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:21


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:38


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

10:36


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

11:34


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:25


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:39


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

00:42