Greater Whitechapel: Brune House

My great-grandparents around Brick Lane
Contributed by Sam_Griffin on Sept. 10, 2019

Census records from 1911 list my great-grandparents: Jacob and Betty Felixson, who came from 'Russia'. They lived at 90 Brick Lane with their seven children: Golda, Millie (both born in 'Russia'), Rebecca, Sam (my grandfather), Alfy, Meyer and Pinchas. Jacob's occupation was 'Costermonger' or 'Fruit Hawker'. My grandfather, Sam, was born at 4 Bell Lane1. He eventually moved to Hackney, where my mother was born and raised on Victoria Park Road. Jacob Felixson passed away at the young age of 47, in 1922. His last known address was 7 Queen St, Brick Lane - which I believe to be Coverly Close, off Hanbury street today.2

  1. Survey of London note: on the site of Brune House, Bell Lane 

  2. Survey of London note: on the site of Chicksand Estate, Block 201-223 Hanbury Street 

The Lane
Contributed by Spring on Oct. 26, 2018

I was born in Brune House in 1945; both my parents and my father's parents lived there. When I was a few years old we moved out to the wilds of Hornchurch, Essex. Many years later when I was a teenager, I worked only a few yards away in the Lane on a Sunday, not knowing that was where I was born.