Named after Sir Alfred William Yeo (October 13, 1863 – April 14, 1928), a self-made businessman and Liberal politician. Yeo was a member of the Poplar District Board of Works in the 1890s and went on to become one of the first Poplar Borough councillors. From 1910 he represented Limehouse on the London County Council. Between 1903 and 1904, he served as Mayor of Poplar.
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