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

Salvation Army Rescue Home, 212 Hanbury Street

Greater Whitechapel | Clare_F | May 23, 2018

The Hanbury Street Rescue Home for 'fallen women' at 212 Hanbury Street opened on 22 May 1884, being prominent in the 'Maiden Tribute' story (, and moved to Dalston on 5 Aug 1885. The Home is the house shown to the left of Trinity Congregational Church ( london/vol27 ...

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Hopetown, Salvation Army women's hostel, opened 1931

16 Chicksand Street | Clare_F | May 23, 2018

The derelict Chicksand Street School, depicted in The Deliverer of Oct 1931, had its entrance in Chicksand Street. The Salvation Army Women’s hostel which replaced it, opened by Queen Mary on 16 Dec 1931, had its front door on Finch Street. Late in 1967 a penniless woman arrived, offering the warden this sketch in lieu of rent, which she ...

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Salvation Army Shelter, 192-6 Hanbury Street

Greater Whitechapel | Clare_F | May 23, 2018

The huge Hanbury Street Shelter, at 192-196 Hanbury Street, opened on 10 March 1889, just after the Ripper murders - recycling the redundant Tower Hamlets Swimming Baths. The Shelter was demolished by 1934, and replaced by the Brady Girls’ Club, later the Brady Arts and Community Centre.

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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.