74 Whitechapel High Street

1828-9 shop house, now a restaurant, upper floors converted to studio flats 2001 | Part of 74 Whitechapel High Street

74 Whitechapel High Street
Contributed by Survey of London on July 5, 2018

The premises on the northwest corner of the High Street and Osborn Street are a rebuilding of 1828-9, by William Monk, horse slaughterer, following a fire on 15 June 1827 that burnt out the large shoe warehouse on the site that included what had been 1 Osborn Street.1 The site, on the corner of what was until the 1780s known as Dirty Lane, an extension from Brick Lane to Whitechapel High Street, was occupied in the early eighteenth century by a building known ‘by the sign of the Seven Stars’ and occupied by a haberdasher and vendor of quack medicines, John Denne, in the 1730s. 2 Since rebuilding in 1828-9 it has housed, essentially, just four businesses. From 1829 to 1899 it was a carpet and bed-linen warehouse (Richard Fawcett 1830-52, in partnership with relatives named Paddon in the 1850s, taken over by Thomas Paddon (1834-1918) from 1859 to 1899).3 The building may have been altered in 1860-1 to the designs of Andrew Wilson, architect (1815-72), perhaps integrating and rebuilding what had been No. 1 Osborn Street to the rear, which has some characteristic features of a warehouse. 4 From 1900 to c. 2000 it was a stationers, for most of the twentieth century a branch of W. Straker Ltd, ‘cheap stationers’, founded in Ludgate Hill in 1863, taken over by Rymans c. 1970.5 It became Khushbu Grill House halal restaurant and takeaway c. 2001, the upper parts, entered from Osborn Street, converted that year from storage (previously variously residential and office use, including a dental surgery in the early twentieth century) to studio flats 6.


  1. London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), Land Tax returns (LT): LMA, CLSD/154/08 

  2. Hearth Tax returns (HT) 1666 and 1674-5: Four Shillings in the Pound Aid assessment, 1693-4: Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives, P/HLC/1/14/1: LT: London Daily Post, 28 Jan 1738 

  3. LT: Census: Ancestry, electoral registers; wills and probate: Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser, 28 April 1831, p. 1; Morning Advertiser, 23 Nov 1835, p. 1; East London Observer, 21 Jan 1899, p. 4 

  4. Census: LT: Builder, 8 Dec 1860, p. 792 

  5. LMA, District Surveyor's Returns (DSR): Post Office Directories (POD) 

  6. POD: DSR: Tower Hamlets planning applications online: LT: Census: Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser, 28 April 1831, p. 1: Morning Advertiser, 23 Nov 1835, p. 1: Evening Standard, 28 Jan 1899, p. 2: www.wstraker.com/our-heritage/ 

Corner of Whitechapel High Street and Osborn Street, August 2017
Contributed by Derek Kendall

74 Whitechapel High Street from the south in 2018
Contributed by Derek Kendall