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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 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.

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13-15 Greatorex Street with 80 Old Montague Street, including the former Morris Kasler Hall (kosher luncheon club)

13-15 Greatorex Street with 80 Old Montague Street | Survey of London | March 30, 2017

This site was acquired by the adjacent Great Garden Street Synagogue by 1935 when Messrs Joseph, architects, prepared plans for ...

Tewkesbury Buildings

101 Whitechapel High Street | julie | March 29, 2017

I am researching my family history. Samuel Joseph Cohen and his wife Frances lived here with their family c. 1881 ...

27 Whitechapel Road

27 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London | March 29, 2017

This building of 1926–7 was erected to designs by Higgins & Thomerson, architects, and first occupied in part by ...

29 Whitechapel Road

29 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London | March 29, 2017

No. 29 Whitechapel Road was built with a workshop to the rear in 1891 after a recently erected predecessor was ...

Building of the Month

25 Whitechapel Road

We don't know much about this building yet. Can you tell us something about its history?

Contribute it here

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.