Wombat's (Aldgate Hostel), 7 Dock Street

1830-5 to Ensign Street as the Brunswick Maritime Establishment, an early sailors' home, extended to Dock Street in 1865-7 (rebuilt 1953-8)

When I lived in the sailors' home... and a few broken plates
Contributed by Norbert_Lanfranco on Aug. 2, 2017

I lived in the sailor home, Dock St, in '57, moved to the Hearts of Oak pub, Dock St. In Ensign St, corner of the Highway, my landlord was a Maltese man, Mr Sapiro... when drunk he used to throw plates and pots out the first-floor window into the Highway. I hope it brings you a bit of history!

Photograph of bollards marking site of Royal Brunswick Theatre, 1964
Contributed by Survey of London on Dec. 19, 2016

These iron bollards, which survive, are marked RBT for Royal Brunswick Theatre, which stood, briefly (1828), on the west side of Ensign Street (then Well Street). Like its predecessor, the Royalty Theatre (1787-1826) it was destroyed by fire. The image is a digitised colour slide from the Tower Hamlets Archives collection:


Wombat's (Aldgate Hostel), Dock Street, in 2015
Contributed by Peter Guillery

1860s Dock Street frontage of the Sailors' Home, c. 1905
Contributed by Aileen Reid

Dock Street hostel from the north-west in 2017
Contributed by Derek Kendall

Dock Street hostel from the west in 2017
Contributed by Derek Kendall

Dock Street hostel with vicarage from the south-west in 2017
Contributed by Derek Kendall