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

Garage workshops under the railway arches

Unit 73a, 25 Cable Street | duncan2 | Jan. 18, 2018

This is a view into the garage workshops under the rail lines, off Backchurch Lane. Here looking east from Backchurch ...

arches railways

Former entrance to Leman Street railway station

Pier in middle of Leman Street | duncan2 | Jan. 18, 2018

The bricked-up archway under the railway bridge was formerly the entrance to Leman Street railway station. This served the Fenchurch ...

Leman Street railways

Buckle Street Car Park (demolished)

Leman Street Apart-Hotel | duncan2 | Jan. 18, 2018

This is the multistorey car park that formerly occupied this site, up until its demolition in 2013. Here looking west ...

car park buckle street

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.