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LIMEHOUSE LABOURING - LONDON PORT 1700-1800

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EARLY MODERN CLARK Great Grand-East Enders x 8 generations ago.

WILLIAM CLARK, SON TO WILLIAM & ANN OF NEW COURT, GRAVEL LANE. March 4 - 1718

ST. BOTOLPH ALDGATE PARISH



William and Ann Clark and their children would live for many years on the edge of the busy Thames River at Ratcliffe and Limehouse. 
This was quite a feat of survival considering the notorious nature of dock side sailors, pirates, gangs of robbers and smugglers as their pedestrians!
The environment alsoattracted artists of all kinds, generating a large cultural expression over the years.


With no identifiable Clarks charged with drunken fights or robberies in the Old Bailey records, my ancestors got on with their honest days work (or they were good at not getting caught). 

The Clark's shared the Limehouse Causeway and Narrow Street with waves of immigrant arrivals including the southern Chinese sailors who had worked for the East India Company in the 1790's. 

My direct CLARK ancestors were witness and workers to a Ti…