Back in 2013, a search on the web for images of Roman Road returned zero results. A search of images at the local archive library returned very little too. Overshadowed by the bigger trade centres of neighbouring hamlets Whitechapel, Spitalfields, Isle of Dogs and Limehouse, Bow is poorly documented. As the older generation disappears, so too the opportunity to discover and save photos and memories of our past.
Roman Road Trust launched a Facebook group called Living in Bow, inviting past and present residents to share personal photos and memories of Bow. Many of the members of Living in Bow no longer live in the area but thanks to technology photos and memories can be shared across continents and timezones.
Through this social media platform we have unearthed photos and memories that may have disappeared forever, a precious resources for ensuring local history and heritage isn’t lost and to help create a sense of place and identify for the area.