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Stean Street is a long road in Hoxton, East London. Ronnie and Reggie Kray were born on this street at number 68 on the 24 October 1933, after Charles Kray, Violet Kray and Charlie Kray moved from 26 Gorsuch Street, Hoxton. No original buildings now exist on this street as many were demolished during slum clearances.


They say a change is as good as a rest and, by the early 1930s, Violet had begun to tire of living amidst the Kray family in Gorsuch Street. Her brother Joe had found vacant rooms at 68 Stean Street, Hoxton and moved in with his wife Cicely (Cissy) and young son Joe. Sharing the large house were Cissy’s parents Edward and Caroline Whittington and a docker, William Budd, leaving two rooms free on the upper floors. Charlie and Violet Kray moved in during 1932. Young Charlie found it all exciting, especially as there was a stable yard opposite their home, and, with cousin Joe always around for company, the two lads were allowed by the yard owner to play there or to watch the horses being groomed. All this must have contributed to Charlie’s rose-tinted view of his childhood. Despite his father’s frequent absence through work and his erratic, even troublesome behaviour when he was at home, the move must have been refreshing, like a new start. In early 1933, Violet fell pregnant again. On Tuesday 24 October 1933, as Charlie and Joe played outside in the cold with the promise of small change and sweets, Violet Kray gave birth to twins. The first, named Reginald, arrived at 8.00 p.m.; the second, Ronald, came ten minutes later. They were named after Caroline Whittington’s nephews – two names, already conveniently paired up within the extended family, for which Violet had long had a fondness.

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