No. 45 Poplar & Blackwall Volunteer


Crace Collection of Maps of London at the British Library. Detail showing Bethnal Green from Bowles’ folding map of London of 1731. This is a later edition of the map first issued by Bowles in 1719 extended to include Stepney and the Isle of Dogs. Bowles based this part of the map on Gascoigne’s Survey of Stepney of 1703.

PRIME & LOAD [Left Motion] (see original 1799 description below)
Poplar is a district in East LondonEngland, the administrative centre of the borough of Tower Hamlets. (See 1703 map of Poplar and Blackwall). Five miles (8 km) east of Charing Cross, it is part of the East End. It is identified as a major district centre in the London Plan, with its district centre being Chrisp Street Market, a significant commercial and retail centre surrounded by extensive residential development. Poplar includes Poplar BathsBlackwall Yard and Trinity Buoy Wharf and the locality of Blackwall.
Originally part of the Manor and Ancient Parish of Stepney, the Hamlet of Poplar had become an autonomous area of Stepney by the 17th century, and an independent parish in 1817. The Hamlet and Parish of Poplar included Blackwall and the Isle of Dogs. After a series of mergers, Poplar became part of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in 1965. Blackwall is an area of Poplar in the London Borough of Tower HamletsEast London. The neighbourhood includes Leamouth and the Coldharbour conservation area. The area takes its name from a historic stretch of riverside wall built along an outside curve of the Thames, to protect the area from flooding. While mostly residential, the Poplar Dock and Blackwall Basin provide moorings for vessels. Blackwall Yard became a major sea hub, and the district was a significant part of the Port of London, and involved with important voyages for over 400 years. Shipfitting and repair was taking place by 1485 and shipbuilding would take place in the area later too. In 1576, Martin Frobisher left Blackwall and landed at Frobisher Bay on Baffin Island, claiming it for England (its first overseas possession) in the name of Queen Elizabeth I. Frobisher was funded by the Muscovy Company seeking the North West Passage. In the early years of the 17th century the port was the main departure point of the English colonisation of North America and the West Indies launched by the London Company. On 20 December 1606, three ships, Susan ConstantGodspeed and Discovery, sailed from Blackwall, landing in Virginia on 26 April 1607 to establish the first permanent English settlement, Jamestown. The East and West India Docks were constructed at the beginning of the 19th century.

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Original Description of the unit from 1798:
No. XLV.
THIS Corps was formed in May 1799, under the direction of John Perry,  Esq. to protect Persons and Property within their own Limits. They con-  sist of one Company of about 80 Privates; and received their Colours the 3d  of June 1799, from the hand of Miss Patterson, daughter of Major Patter-  son, in Poplar Field. Their Committee is military, and chosen by ballot out  of the Corps; and
Captain, John Perry.  First Lieutenant, –—- Green; Second Lieutenant, Philip Perry.
Helmet; Garter and Crown on the right side.  Breastplates; P. B. V. Crown above; Motto, PRO PATRIA.  Button, plain.  Cartouch, a small Star.  Half Gaiters.

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Weight 0.0121 kg
Dimensions 25.5 × 32.5 cm


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