Will Crooks

I found the tomb of Will Crooks moving:-  A COOPER BY TRADE HE BECAME A GUARDIAN OF THE POOR A BOROUGH COUNCILLOR A MAYOR OF POPLAR A LONDON COUNTY COUNCILLOR A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, and particularly the inscription below HE LIVED AND DIED A SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE.   I didn’t know about him and no doubt should.   As suggested by his tombstone, he was a local boy, son of a ship’s stoker, educated in a Poor Law School and apprenticed as a cooper until he was sacked as a political agitator.   Mayor of Poplar and MP for Woolwich, he was responsible for Island Gardens and the Blackwall Tunnel:-