The end of the Nineteeth Century
By the end of the century, a great many of the oldest buildings in the ward had gone, either pulled down to make way for underground cuttings, or replaced with taller buildings, a great many of which were offices. There was street lighting by night, much better drainage, and many more houses with their own sanitation and water- though still not all. Cheap bus and tram tickets meant that it was possible to go out to the fairs at Blackheath or Hampstead, though again, the very poorest would still find this difficult. There were fewer people living in the City than there had been before, so the school took children from a much wider area – some travelled in from East Ham to attend.