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The chief amusements in 1861 were said to be dog fights, rat matches, and 'drawing the badger' although few badgers could be found in the parish.
'Bethnal Green: Social and Cultural Activities', in A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 11, Stepney, Bethnal Green, ed. T F T Baker (London, 1998), pp. 147-155.