Whitechapel Mission

Methodist Mission built to designs by Lee Reading & Associates, c.1971.

Notes on the Mission site
Contributed by Survey of London on Sept. 4, 2017

Constructed c.1971 to designs by Lee Reading & Associates, 212 Whitechapel Road has long been associated with the The Whitechapel Mission. Its history can be traced back to the late eighteenth century when the Countess of Huntingdon funded the purchase of a former theatre building in order to precipitate its conversion into the Zion Chapel for her Connexion (a non-conformist group of Calvinistic Methodists). Likely the situated on the site of present-day St Boniface, the Church's occupation of their first building continued through a mid-nineteenth century fire and rebuilding. By the 1870s the Connexion appears to have re-located to 'New' Zion Chapel on Whitechapel Road and later assumed the name of Brunswick Hall in 1900. In 1906 it was sold to the Primitive Methodists. Since the eighteenth-century, buildings associated to the Connexion have consistently been used for social and evangelical work with the local poor, and the Whitechapel Road site, with its central hall and attached tenements, latterly functioned as a counterpart to the Working Lads' Institute. The present building incorporates a daycare centre and thirteen self-contained flats and continues to serve the area's homeless.

View of terraced houses on the east side of Cavell Street in 1956
Contributed by Historic England

Whitechapel Methodist Mission, view from the south-east
Contributed by Lucy Millson-Watkins