Aldgate Tower

Office and retail tower, constructed 2006-2014, designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects

Bike and battery shop
Contributed by eric on Nov. 28, 2016

Not this building, but when I lived in Aldgate at the age of  11 or so (1947) there was a wide pavement here along which I would walk to get a bus to school. There were shops all along this side of Whitechapel High Street, and I was sent on errands on one or two occasions. I do not remember the shop by name, but it sold bits for bicycles and provided a battery-charging service.

In our home nearby in Gower's Walk, we had an old radio, not mains-powered, but powered by a glass battery containing an acid of some sort and electrodes. I had to take the battery there and fetch it when charged.

On another occasion I had broken a ratchet in the free-wheel cog of my first adult bicycle, and I went to see if they had a spare one. My father told me to ask for a 'pawl', which was its proper engineering name. The shopkeeper didn't know what I was talking about, and I remember him asking 'do you want a pulley, sonny?'

1982 view from Beagle House looking across towards Whitechapel High Street and the Aldgate Street tube station entrances
Contributed by Sarah Milne, Survey of London

Beagle House and Aldgate East underground station from the north side of Whitechapel High Street, 2005
Contributed by Sarah Milne, Survey of London

Leman Street looking south, 1980
Contributed by danny

The site of Aldgate Tower in the 1960s

This film about traffic congestion, mostly in London, includes a shot looking west along the west end of Whitechapel High Street towards St Botolph Aldgate at 06.47 to 06.58 and again at 07.04 to 07.09 on the timer. On the left is the south entrance to Aldgate East station, then housed in what had been the Old Red Lion pub.

Contributed by Aileen Reid on Sept. 22, 2016

Time-lapse film of the construction of Aldgate Tower

Contributed by Survey of London on March 10, 2018