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 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.

Building of the Month

Former Lord Rodney's Head public house, 285 Whitechapel Road

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

Contribute it here

Latest Submissions

Teaching at Toynbee Hall in the 1970s

Toynbee Hall | maggie | Nov. 10, 2017

From 1971 to 1973 I volunteered to teach English to a class of Bengali sewing machinists. It was on Friday evenings from about 6:30 onwards, I think. We’d all been working full-time all day, me teaching a BA University of London external degree at what was then North-East London Polytechnic in Barking (now UEL), the students bent over ...

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Final Words (June 2017)

Central House, London Metropolitan University | Sarah Ann Milne | Nov. 3, 2017

'Celebrate the building. Celebrate the time you've had here', Cass architecture staff told students at opening of the final ...

Quick Contribution

If you'd rather not register with us, you can tell us your memories of Whitechapel using the form below

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.