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Wikipedia entry for Roman Road, London

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IN 2013 there was no Wikipedia entry for Roman Road despite its historic East End market. There were entries for all the other markets in Tower Hamlets, but Roman Road and its traditional market dating back to at least 1887, had been overlooked.

High streets like Roman Road, too poor and too small to attract investment, have missed out on simple but powerful and free marketing tools such as Wikipedia. Roman Road was digitally invisible making it hard to reach out to new audiences online.

One of the Roman Road Trust’s first pieces of work was to commission local historian Carolyn Clark to write an authoritative Wikipedia entry for Roman Road. It’s a fascinating read covering the history of the market, some of its cornerstone shops, local landmarks, links with the East London Federation of Suffragettes, housing stock and transport connections. Everything needed to help put Roman Road on the digital map.