East Street, Charlie Chaplin’s birthplace

We are at the halfway point when we reach East Street market.

Walkers mingle with busy customers in this historic street market, the birthplace of the comic genius Charlie Chaplin. The silent film actor’s early life was blighted by his father’s alcoholism and his mother’s mental illness, which resulted in her being admitted to a local asylum.

Chaplin escaped the poverty and deprivation of area, but his time living there left an indelible mark on his work. One of his best-loved creations, Little Tramp, was inspired by some of the off-beat characters he observed around East Street.

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