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

Living at Gwynne House 1947-64

Gwynne House | Hazel_Finn | March 16, 2018

I lived from 1947-64 in Gwynne House. I am delighted to find that it is such a notable building. It was quite innovative for this period. The flat had central heating, fitted kitchen, (tiny) lift - all unusual in 1947. One of our neighbours mentioned in the piece about Gwynne House was a lady called Edith Ramsay who did much social ...

Sugar & Tea

40 Dock Street | Bryan Mawer | March 14, 2018

In the early 1830s John Hodgson moved into a new sugarhouse at the bottom end of Dock Street.1 As the biggest danger in the trade was fire, this was built to the fire-proof pattern of brick walls surrounding a cast iron frame and pillars. 9 storeys, 5 bays to front, 6 bays to side, small windows with segmented heads ...

warehouse fire sugar tea refinery sugarhouse fire-proof

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.