Survey of London

Histories of Whitechapel

Histories of Whitechapel

Welcome to the Survey of London’s Whitechapel project, where you can share and explore the many histories of Whitechapel’s buildings and places.

On our map you’ll find information about every building in Whitechapel in 2016, including photographs, stories and research, film clips and audio recordings added by historians, local people and others with an interest in the area. It will grow in content gradually until the end of 2018, a collaborative work in progress made up of the Survey’s own research alongside material that you and everyone else contributes.

This is an experiment in the making of the history of a place. Sharing our knowledge and experiences will help us to understand the histories of buildings, streets and neighbourhoods, and through them the lives of the people of Whitechapel. To start exploring, go to the map and click on a building to see content about that site, or you can explore buildings related to a particular historical period or theme.

If you have any information, research, images, or memories of Whitechapel, you can sign up and start contributing them here.

Stories Wanted

There are many buildings in Whitechapel about which we would welcome more information. If you know something, you can make an account or use the form below to tell us.

Latest Submissions

Spital Shop, Old Montague Street

Block A, Don Gratton House | PMarriage | Jan. 13, 2019

This was one of a handful of photos I took on a walk out from Liverpool Street in May 1970 ...

retail Shop immigration slum clearance regeneration

1896 - Dock Street Frontage of the Sailors' Home

Wombat's (Aldgate Hostel), 7 Dock Street | David Charnick | Jan. 2, 2019

This is the Dock Street frontage to the Sailors' Home (formerly Brunswick Maritime Establishment) as featured in Henry Walker's ...

sailors sailors' home bosun smith dock street

1896 - George Yard Mission

87 Whitechapel High Street | David Charnick | Jan. 2, 2019

This is the Whitechapel High Street frontage of the George Yard Mission and Ragged School as depicted in Henry Walker ...

George Holland mission philanthropy George Yard Buildings education

Browsing the Map

If you're not sure about how to get started, we've made a short video to give you a quick overview.

Explore Whitechapel

Not sure where to begin? Click on a theme to start uncovering Whitechapel's past. Sites are being tagged if they connect with certain overlapping aspects of Whitechapel's history, according to the thematic categories identified here.