All Contributions from Survey of London

Altab Ali Park

Altab Ali Park, including the site of the parish church of St Mary Matfelon | Survey of London

On 4 May 1978 Altab Ali, a 25-year old clothing machinist of Bangladeshi origin, was murdered in Adler Street, Whitechapel, beside the...

Former Royal Oak public house (with Wilcox’s New Music Hall and the Vine Court Synagogue)

Former Royal Oak public house | Survey of London

A public house on the east side of Vine Court’s entrance may have been the Morocco Slaves in the early eighteenth century. It became t...

The Ladies Swimming Bath and Recreation Hall, c.1893 to 1938

The Wash Houses, London Metropolitan University, former Whitechapel Baths | Survey of London

  For several years women and schoolgirls were only given access to the swimming baths on Wednesdays, so that they might ‘acqu...

Photograph of bollards marking site of Royal Brunswick Theatre, 1964

Wombat's (Aldgate Hostel), 7 Dock Street | Survey of London

These iron bollards, which survive, are marked RBT for Royal Brunswick Theatre, which stood, briefly (1828), on the west side of Ensig...

Toynbee Theatre

Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street | Survey of London

In December 1935 a grant of £10,000 was announced that enabled J. J. Mallon, Warden of <a href="https://surveyoflondon.org/map/feature...

Photos and notes on data centres

Camperdown House | Survey of London

See more photos here: https://wheretheinternetlives....

Redeveloping the public lavatories on Whitechapel Road

Whitechapel Market, Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

Harun Quadi settled in the East End in the early 1980, having originated in Comilla, Bangladesh. He describes how he acquired and deve...

How the Wash Houses were used

The Wash Houses, London Metropolitan University, former Whitechapel Baths | Survey of London

East End historian and guide David Charnick recounts some of the history of the former Whitechapel Baths and Wash House on Old Castle ...

Davis Feather Mill (c.1856-c.1960)

Central House, London Metropolitan University | Survey of London

A prominent local business, the Davis Feather Mill occupied a site behind Gardiner’s Corner from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentie...

122 Whitechapel High Street

122 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

This sliver of a building between Old Castle Street and Tyne Street is all that remains of a two-stage development of 1880-2 that incl...

George Yard Buildings and St George's House

Sunley House | Survey of London

George Yard Buildings (later called Balliol House and later still Charles Booth House), which was demolished for the building of Sunle...

Notes and photos

55 Mansell Street | Survey of London

Found here: https://wheretheinternetlives.wordpress.com/2...

War Damage and Rebuilding, c.1939 to 1990

The Wash Houses, London Metropolitan University, former Whitechapel Baths | Survey of London

  A rocket bomb that fell on 10 November 1944 spelled the definitive end for the washing department. Whitechapel Baths remaine...

Earlier history of the site of the Relay Building

The Relay Building, 1 Commercial Street | Survey of London

The Seven Stars, 111-112 Whitechapel High Street, demolished A longstanding establishment on the High Street was the ...

22 Osborn Street

22 Osborn Street | Survey of London

Osborn Street was not yet fully built up in the 1790s when a courthouse was built on the site of Nos 22–24. Osborn Street’s Court of R...

The Waste: a history of Whitechapel Road's market

Whitechapel Market, Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

All day long and all the year round there is a constant Fair going on in Whitechapel Road. It is held upon the broad pavement, whi...

10-12 Whitechapel Road

10 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

This pair of houses may be datable to about 1770 when a larger frontage was said to be 'lately built'. The front wall was rebuilt or a...

Whitechapel Fire Station

Whitechapel Fire Station | Survey of London

Built in 1929–32, Whitechapel Fire Station is a rarity as an inter-war London County Council fire station still serving its original p...

5-9 White Church Lane

5-9 White Church Lane | Survey of London

This large four-storey red-brick clothing factory of 1919-21 was built by and for B. Levine, a shopfitter of Greenfield Street, with A...

Browne & Eagle Warehouse at 22-26 Leman Street, 1869-1956

Maersk House | Survey of London

On this site a five-storey warehouse was built in 1869 by Holland and Hannen for Browne &amp; Eagle, local wool merchants. Convenientl...

131 Whitechapel Road

131 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

An earlier timber cottage on this site partially blocked an alleyway that was here by the 1650s. It was called King David's Alley or D...

The Women’s Library and London Metropolitan University, c.1995 onwards

The Wash Houses, London Metropolitan University, former Whitechapel Baths | Survey of London

  The conversion was not immediate. In 1995 Wright and Wright Architects won a design competition to remodel the site for Lond...

Early history of the site of 36-98 Whitechapel Road

London Muslim Centre | Survey of London

Long frontages of waste ground on the south side of Whitechapel Road were the subjects of 500-year manorial leases from Henry, Lord We...

75 Whitechapel High Street and site of Bull Court

75 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

Although much repaired and extended, this substantial four-storey building is one of the few on the High Street that may retain eighte...

The site's early history

Dryden Building, 37 Commercial Road | Survey of London

This site was the south end of a mulberry garden from the seventeenth century (see under the Church of St Boniface). Use as a pleasure...

Drinking Fountain, White Church Lane

Drinking Fountain | Survey of London

This drinking fountain was erected in 1860 on the Whitechapel Road railing near the east end of the seventeenth-century Church of St M...

The Grocers' Company's Wing, 1873–6

Former Royal London Hospital | Survey of London

The hospital expanded eastwards in 1873–6 with the construction of the Grocers’ Company’s Wing, a Post Mortem Department and a Nurses’...

36 Whitechapel Road and 1 Fieldgate Street, 1960s

Mosque Tower, 1 Fieldgate Street and 36 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

A digitised colour slide of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, and the buildings (left) that stood at 36 Whitechapel Road and 1 Fieldgate S...

Whitechapel Gallery: pre-history and early history up to 1914

Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

Although it opened in 1901, the Whitechapel Gallery can date its effective foundation to 1881 when Samuel Barnett began an annual pict...

Amalgamation and Building Beagle House, 1956-1974

Maersk House | Survey of London

In a deal that was met with some surprise and industry interest, Browne &amp; Eagle amalgamated with tea merchants Colonial Wharves in...

White's Row

Underground railway services building, Durward Street | Survey of London

White’s Row (now the west end of Durward Street), labelled Whitechapel Green on some early maps, probably took its name from Edmund Wh...

Old Castle Street to Goulston Street: History to 1775

130 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PS | Survey of London

Old Castle Street today is the merging of two interconnected alleys known from the seventeenth century – Old Castle Street, which ran ...

The Church of St Mary Matfelon

Altab Ali Park, including the site of the parish church of St Mary Matfelon | Survey of London

Medieval churches The first church on the site that is now Altab Ali Park was built in the mid thirteenth century (by...

Early history of the site of 100-146 Whitechapel Road

Former Royal Oak public house | Survey of London

Long frontages of waste ground on the south side of Whitechapel Road were the subjects of 500-year manorial leases from Henry, Lord We...

East London Mail Centre and E1 Delivery Office

East London Mail Centre and E1 Delivery Office | Survey of London

The large concrete building which dominates the corner of Whitechapel Road and Cavell Street represents the last expression of postal ...

No. 38 Commercial Street

38 Commercial Street | Survey of London

No. 38 Commercial Street is the sole survivor of a group of six warehouses built in 1862-3, some by the extended Moses-Levy family (wh...

4 White Church Lane

Tip Top Casual Wear, 4 White Church Lane | Survey of London

1852–3, stock brick, unaltered to rear, built as a sale room by and for Isaac Bird, auctioneer. Painted-shutter from 2012 by Hunto. [^...

From the Earl of Effingham Saloon to the Rivoli Cinema via Wonderland

Ibis Budget Hotel (formerly Brunning House) | Survey of London

Thomas Spackman had a large property on the site of 100 Whitechapel Road around 1770. By 1790, when his son-in-law Walter Fillingham w...

105–107 Fieldgate Street

105–107 Fieldgate Street | Survey of London

This warehouse and dwelling of 1903 was built on a lease to William John Fage, a New Road metal dealer. E. W. Coldwell was the archite...

From Beagle House to Maersk House, 1974-2016

Maersk House | Survey of London

Capitalising on London’s booming market for speculative office developments, Seifert and Partners had grown from twelve employees in 1...

126–127 Whitechapel High Street

126 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

This canted-corner building was erected in 1905-6 by W.J. Coleman &amp; Co. to the designs of Martin Luther Saunders, architect (1858­...

Meggs' Almshouses

Ibis Budget Hotel (formerly Brunning House) | Survey of London

In 1658 William Megges III, who had inherited the Hart’s Horne, Whitechapel’s largest house, and who remained unmarried and without di...

Cambridge Heath Road and Mile End Road, 1969

Crossrail Works, Cambridge Heath Road | Survey of London

Another digitised colour slide from the collection of the Tower Hamlets Archives: the area in front of the White Hart pub on the Mile ...

4A and 6 White Church Lane

4A and 6 White Church Lane | Survey of London

No. 6 is of the 1850s, refronted in 1898–9, of painted brick with a painted shutter of 2012 by 2Rise, whose tag has also been prominen...

128 Whitechapel High Street

128 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PT | Survey of London

The modest shop-houses at 128–129 Whitechapel High Street are survivors from the late eighteenth to mid nineteenth century, albeit hea...

101 Greenfield Road (incorporating 18–24 Fieldgate Street)

101 Greenfield Road | Survey of London

One of the earliest synagogues on Fieldgate Street was the Crawcour Shul, a 'landsmanschaft' of immigrants from Kraków, Galicia, then ...

132 Whitechapel Road

132 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

A large eighteenth-century house on this site and Thomas Kincey’s extensive carriage-making premises to the rear were held by John Pin...

9 Manningtree Street

9 Manningtree Street | Survey of London

Built in 1898-9 with 19 White Church Lane for Jacob King. Arthur C. Payne, architect, H. W. Brown, builder. [^1] [^1]: Distric...

Former St George's Brewery, 33 Commercial Road

Former St George's Brewery, 33 Commercial Road | Survey of London

The imposing early-Victorian brick range that stands askew behind Commercial Road east of White Church Lane was built by John A. Furze...

8 and 10 White Church Lane

8 White Church Lane | Survey of London

This pair was built in 1852 by Jabez Single of New Road as houses with shops that were first occupied by Mark Berry, a zinc and tinpla...

42–46 Fieldgate Street

Maedah Grill, 42 Fieldgate Street (with 100 Greenfield Road) | Survey of London

This site takes in what had been 26–46 Fieldgate Street, a humble row much of which originated with the builder John Langley in 1790. ...

129 Whitechapel High Street

129 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PT | Survey of London

These modest shop-houses are survivors from the late eighteenth to mid nineteenth century, albeit heavily altered when combined into o...

From Princess Alice to The Culpeper

The Culpeper, 40-42 Commercial Street | Survey of London

The Culpeper, formerly the Princess Alice, is a rebuilding of 1883 of a compact public house built by William Hooper, builder, of Kent...

2 Whitechapel Road with 40 Adler Street

2 Whitechapel Road with 40 Adler Street | Survey of London

Buck &amp; Hickman, saw and tool makers, had this corner site from 1860–1. Matthew Buck, a Sheffield sawmaker, had come to London by 1...

Jewish burial ground in 1975

Former Jewish burial ground | Survey of London

A digitised colour slide from Tower Hamlets Archives:  ht...

East London mosque in its temporary building, 1977

East London Mosque | Survey of London

A digitised colour slide from the Tower Hamlets archive collection: <a href="https://twitter.com/LBTHArchives/status/758994373...

27A Commercial Road

27A Commercial Road | Survey of London

27a Commercial Road was built in 1876–8 by A. P. Wootton as a speculation. The commercial premises first housed Hyam Goldstein’s cap f...

Nos 136–146 (including 135 New Road)

136 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

A large house on the site of 136–138 Whitechapel Road was built around 1770 (following a 61-year lease of 1763 to Thomas Pearce and Jo...

Harun Quadi takes on the Bengal Cuisine

12 Brick Lane | Survey of London

Harun Quadi settled in the East End in the early 1980, having originated in Comilla, Bangladesh. In the 1990s he took over the Bengal ...

130 Whitechapel High Street

130 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PS | Survey of London

This former NatWest Bank branch is a 1955–6 rebuilding to the designs of Frederick George Frizzell (1902-76), architect, by R. R. S. D...

Childhood memories of the Taja restaurant

Whitechapel Market, Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

Tanha Quadi remembers growing up with the Taja restaurant at 199A Whitechapel Road that was owned and managed by her parents in the ea...

65-68 Whitechapel High Street

65 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

The short uniform terrace at Nos 65–68 dates from 1853, when it was put up by James Brake, a Clerkenwell builder. Henry Crockford, a f...

135 and 137 Whitechapel Road

Islamic Relief, 135 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

This is a four-storey showroom–workroom block of 1932–4, erected for W. Abbott with W. Silk &amp; Sons Ltd as builders. A. Samuels &am..;.

Whitechapel Gallery since 1914

Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

The Gallery in war and peace, 1914-39 The shows were emblematic of an attempt to shift away from the over-arching ped...

Oceanair House, 133–137 Whitechapel High Street

Oceanair House, 133-7 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PT | Survey of London

The corner building with Goulston Street is atypical for Whitechapel, a tentatively snazzy deco-moderne shop and offices, built in 193...

Earlier buildings at 135-149 Whitechapel Road

Shell Petrol Station, 139-149 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

Christopher Clarke (1613–72), a Warden of the Drapers’ Company, acquired property in Whitechapel including what is now 131–145 Whitech...

29-33 White Church Lane

29-33 White Church Lane | Survey of London

Fishel K. Abrahamson converted a house at No. 29 to be a synagogue in 1895–6.  Nos 29–33 Church Lane and 27a Commercial Road w...

Units Workshops, 1-13 Adler Street

1-13 Adler Street | Survey of London

The County of London Plan of 1943 prescribed distinct zones of activity, recommending the dispersal of industry away from Lon...

The Great Synagogue seen in 1977

Former Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue | Survey of London

The Great Synagogue surrounded by cleared sites now occupied by the East London Mosque, London Muslim Centre and Maryam Centre, from a...

Whitechapel station in 1975

Whitechapel Station | Survey of London

A newly digitised colour slide from the Tower Hamlets Archives collection: <a href="https://twitter.com/LBTHArchives/status/79...

Whitechapel High Street frontage between Goulston Street and Middlesex Street

hoarding on site of 141-143 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

The site at the High Street’s western extremity is a scene of long-standing dereliction, notable for the overgrown remains of the orig...

Ahmed House, 48 Fieldgate Street

Ahmed House, 48 Fieldgate Street | Survey of London

Getzel Rossen, a chandler, had this shophouse up to 1905 when Max Rosin established a kosher bakery on the premises. His successor, Wo...

The Brown Bear, c. 1970

The Brown Bear, 139 Leman Street | Survey of London

From an undated colour slide in the collection of the Tower Hamlets Archives: <a href="https://twitter.com/LBTHArchives/status...

108 Whitechapel Road

108 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

Thomas and James Jennings, plumbers, were probably responsible for erecting this building in place of its set-back eighteenth-century ...

3 White Church Lane

3 White Church Lane | Survey of London

This two-storey brick corner building of c.1960 was bomb-damage replacement. It was much embellished in 2012 through Global Street Art...

7-8 Manningtree Street

7-8 Manningtree Street | Survey of London

2011-13, office and residential block, replacing a clothing factory of 1930-2. Kyson, architects, for Breanstar Ltd, brick facade with...

2-6 Old Montague Street

2-6 Old Montague Street | Survey of London

Two-storey buildings on this site were replaced in 1904–5 in their present form – three storeys with plain brick fronts, shops under d...

Harun Quadi's acquisition of 23 Casson Street

23 Casson Street | Survey of London

Harun Quadi settled in the East End in the early 1980s, having originated in Comilla, Bangladesh. "I came in this country in 1...

Halal restaurant in 1966

2-6 St Mark Street | Survey of London

A digitised colour slide from the Tower Hamlets Archives collection: <a href="https://twitter.com/LBTHArchives/status/79384325...

76 Whitechapel High Street

76 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

The present building here dates from 1845, put up by James Little &amp; Sons, builders of America Square, Minories, and Size Yard, Whi...

Fieldgate Mansions

Fieldgate Mansions | Survey of London

Fieldgate Mansions is a substantial complex of tenement dwellings of 1903–7. In the 1790s Thomas Barnes had created a 10ft-wid...

Wynfrid House

Wynfrid House | Survey of London

This guest house was built in 1968-70 to the east of and as an adjunct to the German Roman Catholic Church of St Boniface. It was conc...

Naylor Building East, 15 Adler Street

Naylor Building East, 15 Adler Street | Survey of London

This block was part of a residential and retail development for Ballymore Properties built to plans prepared by Michael Squire and Par...

28-30 Whitechapel Road

28 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

This pair of shophouses was built in 1846 for John Turner, by Little and Sons, local builders at Size Yard. The first occupants of the...

Sons of Lodz synagogue

20-27 Wentworth Dwellings | Survey of London

A small synagogue, possibly a successor to the <a href="https://surveyoflondon.org/map/feature/358/detail/#the-green-man-and-the-sons-...

Early history of the site of the 1901 Gallery building

Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

Whitechapel Gallery has since 2009 consisted of two buildings – the original gallery, opened in 1901 and the <a href="https://surveyof...

Whitechapel station, 1975

Whitechapel Station | Survey of London

A colour slide from the Tower Hamlets Archive collection: <a href="https://twitter.com/LBTHArchives/status/729675180549771264"...

Former Clergy House (St Mary's House), 2 White Church Lane

Sushino En (formerly St Mary's House) | Survey of London

This site near the north-west corner of what was the parish churchyard was part occupied by the parish watch house and a fire-engine h...

The German Roman Catholic Church of St Boniface, Adler Street

St Boniface German Church, 47 Adler Street | Survey of London

London’s German Catholic Mission acquired Lady Huntingdon’s Sion Chapel in 1861. This congregation had its origins at the Virginia Str...

Blind Beggar in 1973

The Blind Beggar public house | Survey of London

A digitised colour slide form the Tower Hamlets Archives collection: <a href="https://twitter.com/LBTHArchives/status/71293128...

Mahera Ruby's childhood memories of how the East London Mosque started

East London Mosque | Survey of London

Mahera Ruby, an academic and community activist, grew up in Whitechapel. Here she recalls the East London Mosque when it was a tempora...

2-6 Old Montague Street

2-6 Old Montague Street | Survey of London

Two-storey buildings on this site were replaced in 1904–5 in their present form – three storeys with plain brick fronts, shops under d...

Jewish Workhouse, 123-4 Wentworth Street (demolished)

Arcadia Court, formerly 90 to 222 Wentworth Dwellings | Survey of London

Between 1871 and 1876, Nos 123-4 Wentworth Street (site of later Nos. 46 and 48, part of Wentworth Dwellings), was briefly the Jewish ...

Early history of the site of the former Passmore Edwards Library

Whitechapel Gallery, former Whitechapel Library | Survey of London

Whitechapel Gallery has since 2009 consisted of two buildings – the origi...

The former Eastern Dispensary in 1967

The Dispensary | Survey of London

A digitised colour slide form the Tower Hamlets Archives collection: <a href="https://twitter.com/LBTHArchives/status/78799825...

Essex Wharf

Whitechapel Station, Durward Street | Survey of London

The site between the East London Line railway cutting and Swanlea School is called Essex Wharf. This is on account of connections with...

Former Whitechapel Free Library, later Passmore Edwards Library

Whitechapel Gallery, former Whitechapel Library | Survey of London

Between 1892 and 2005, what is now the eastern half of Whitechapel Gallery was the Whitechapel Library. The library originated, like t...

Aldgate Triangle

Dryden Building, 37 Commercial Road | Survey of London

Holloway Street became a westwards extension of Coke Street in the 1960s, its margins largely empty. By the 1990s land here was wholly...

12-20 Osborn Street

12-20 Osborn Street (Arbor City Hotel) | Survey of London

What had previously been the narrow southern end of Brick Lane took its present form and the name Osborn Street (after local landowner...

Whitechapel Library, Newark Street (formerly the Church of St Augustine with St Philip)

St Philip's Church Library and the Royal London Museum | Survey of London

The red-brick church that lies behind the former Royal London Hospital was built in 1888–92 to the designs of Arthur Cawston. It is on...

Former Prudential premises, 271-273 Whitechapel Road

271-273 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

Two shophouses here were replaced in 1913–14 by the Prudential Assurance Company. The Prudential’s house architect was Paul Waterhouse...

The Bar Locks (formerly the Horse and Groom public house), 21 White Church Lane

The Bar Locks (formerly the Horse and Groom) | Survey of London

There was a Horse and Groom pub on this corner site by 1760. A two-storey building that had been run by Henry Levy was replaced in 190...

28-30 Osborn Street

28 Osborn Street | Survey of London

The group at 26–30 Osborn Street has early nineteenth-century origins. By the 1840s George and Henry Fulcher had a distillery at Nos 2...

View of Old Montague Street, 1971

Hopetown | Survey of London

This slide, below, from the Tower Hamlets Archives collection, shows the south side of Old Montague Street lin 1971 looking westwards ...

A History of the Bell Foundry

Whitechapel Bell Foundry, 32–34 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

The Whitechapel Bell Foundry, which closed in June 2017, was a remarkable survival. Its business cards claimed it as ‘Britain’s oldest...

Abdul Shukar Khalisdar's childhood memories on Scott Street

Greater Whitechapel | Survey of London

Abdul Shukar Khalisdar, local businessman and community activist, was a child when he came from Bangladesh with his family to a flat o...

The Model Establishment, c.1847 to 1871

The Wash Houses, London Metropolitan University, former Whitechapel Baths | Survey of London

  Following Edwin Chadwick’s sanitary reports of 1842, a ‘Committee for Baths for the Labouring Classes’ was formed in October...

26 Osborn Street

26 Osborn Street | Survey of London

The group at 26–30 Osborn Street has early nineteenth-century origins. By the 1840s George and Henry Fulcher had a distillery at Nos 2...

Jewish Working Girls’ Club (1903-c.1938)

Leman Street Apart-Hotel | Survey of London

By 1903 the former Mission School was in use by the Jewish Working Girls’ Club (JWGC), a sister group to the Butler Street (now Brune ...

Hult International Business School and Tower, 33 Commercial Road

Hult International Business School (with Hult Tower), 33 Commercial Road | Survey of London

From 1900-1 John Walker &amp; Sons Ltd of Kilmarnock (Johnnie Walker) held the former St George's Brewery building (see adjacent site)...

83 Whitechapel High Street

83 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

A utilitarian rebuilding of 1957, originally with steel Crittall windows and a step-back to the fifth floor at the rear. In 2007 the u...

Sunley House

Sunley House | Survey of London

Sunley House, a red brick three- and four-storey block, was opened in 1976 on the site of  Charles Booth House and St George’s House (...

Hopetown, 60 Old Montague Street

Hopetown | Survey of London

The Salvation Army’s women’s hostel on the south side of Chicksand Street known as Hopetown moved to Old Montague Street to make way f...

Old Montague Street's early history

Hopetown | Survey of London

Taking its name from the family that acquired the land hereabouts in 1643, Montague Street was in existence from about that time. In t...

S. Schneiders & Son's factory

Whitechapel Sports Centre, Durward Street | Survey of London

Sadok Schneiders, a Jewish immigrant from Amsterdam, was making caps in Whitechapel from the mid 1840s. Moves to Stepney and Bow indic...

85 Whitechapel High Street

Former Ye Olde Angel pub, 85 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

This narrow shophouse, currently a perfume shop, was built in 1900 to the designs of Bird &amp; Walters, almost exclusively pub archit...

14 Whitechapel Road

Haji Nanna Biryani, 14 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

A timber-framed building on this site by the early eighteenth century was the George public house, then by 1841 the George and Dragon....

Dog's bravery award, 1858

Central Tower, Aldgate Place | Survey of London

In 1858, a dog named Bill, employed by the London Fire Brigade, was the subject of an award for his bravery at the premises of Mr Upso...

The Crown and Seven Stars

The Artful Dodger (formerly the Crown and Seven Stars) | Survey of London

There was a public house of the name Crown and Seven Stars at the corner of Blue Anchor Yard and Rosemary Lane (the name of Royal Mint...

North side of Whitechapel Road at the junction with Davenant Street, 1971

Shell Petrol Station, 139-149 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

This digitised colour slide from the Tower Hamlets Archives collection was taken in 1971 outside where the East London Mosque now stan...

42 Adler Street

Qbic London City, 42 Adler Street | Survey of London

The George Inn's livery stables extended back to the line of Mulberry Street from the eighteenth century up to 1913. Buck &amp; Hickma...

82-86 Old Montague Street with 12-18 Greatorex Street

Don Gratton House, Alma Home, Greatorex Street Young People's Centre and Institute of Psychotrauma | Survey of London

There was a house on the site of 16 Greatorex Street by the early 1770s when John Harrison set up a ropewalk behind. Around 1845 Ind, ...

19 White Church Lane

19 White Church Lane | Survey of London

In the early 1880s Simon Cohen (sometimes Simha Becker), a pastry cook across the road at 32 Church Lane, used a house on the site of ...

Parish burial ground, almshouses and workhouse

Open space, Moss Close | Survey of London

Richard Gardiner was Whitechapel’s Rector in 1614 when parish churchwardens oversaw the acquisition of a rectangular plot of about an ...

Naylor Building West, 14-24 White Church Lane and 1 Assam Street

Naylor Building West, 1 Assam Street (and 14-24 White Church Lane) | Survey of London

This was part of a residential and retail development for Ballymore Properties. A first scheme of 1997 by CZWG Architects and seen as ...

Shaheed Minar

Shaheed Minar | Survey of London

In 1999 the south-west corner of Altab Ali Park gained a Shaheed Minar (Martyrs’ Monument), a semi-circular concrete plinth with five ...

former St Mary's clergy house, c. 1977

Sushino En (formerly St Mary's House) | Survey of London

The former clergy house, seen when in use as a post office c. 1977, from a digitised colour slide in the Tower Hamlets Archives collec...

The former Grave Maurice public house, 269 Whitechapel Road

Former Grave Maurice public house, 269 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

A pub called the Grave Maurice was present on this site by the 1720s on a lease dating from 1670. The name, probably commemorating Pri...

24 Osborn Street

24 Osborn Street | Survey of London

Osborn Street was not yet fully built up in the 1790s when a courthouse was built on the site of Nos 22–24. Osborn Street’s Court of R...

Anne Thorne talks about designing the Jagonari Centre

Former Jagonari Women's Centre, 183-185 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

I was working at Matrix, a feminist design cooperative which I helped found with some other women, and we were approached by various w...

Grand Palais Theatre, 1960s

127-139 Commercial Road | Survey of London

A digitised colour slide from the Tower Hamlets Archives collection: <a href="https://twitter.com/LBTHArchives/status/76918480...

The Royal London Hospital Medical College

Garrod Building | Survey of London

The Royal London Hospital has been associated with teaching since the early 1740s, when physicians and surgeons were permitted to take...

223–225 Whitechapel Road with 2–6 Fulbourne Street

223-225 Whitechapel Road with 2-6 Fulbourne Street | Survey of London

Aaron, Lewis and Matthew Worms, linen-drapers, haberdashers and mercers, had much of this site from the 1820s to the 1850s and other d...

The Whitechapel 'fatberg'

Whitechapel Market, Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

The Whitechapel ‘fatberg’, a congealed mass of solid sewage, among the largest ever found at about 250m long and 130 tonnes was remove...

21 and 23 Whitechapel Road

21 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

This was the site of the Green Dragon Inn, next to the Nag's Head Inn, like which it was both a coaching establishment and of early an...

233 Whitechapel Road and 1 Court Street

233 Whitechapel Road with 1 Court Street | Survey of London

This was the Star and Garter public house which can be traced back to the early nineteenth century (see Stephen Harris's contribution)...

2–20 Spelman Street, 24–28 Chicksand Street, 11–29 Casson Street and 25–27 Monthorpe Road

17 Casson Street | Survey of London

This block, once divided north–south by Little Halifax (Tailforth) Street, was redeveloped in 1900–03 as a distinctively homogenous co...

House of a Thousand Destinies

74-78 Leman Street, former Police Station | Survey of London

Extract from Stefan Zweig's reflections on the Jews' Temporary Shelter in 1935: "Every morning the newspaper shrieks at us of ...

German Mission Day School, 17 Leman Street (1861-1897)

Leman Street Apart-Hotel | Survey of London

Opening in 1861, the German Mission Day School replaced an eighteenth-century tenement and family-run bakery. The purpose-built school...

81 New Road, c. late 1970s

81 New Road | Survey of London

A digitised colour slide of the former Duke of Gloucester public house from the Tower Hamlets Archives collection: <a href="ht...

Attlee House

Attlee House | Survey of London

On 18 November 1971 the Queen opened a new building as part of the Toynbee Hall estate. Attlee House was an L-shaped building with an ...

The Pavilion Theatre (demolished)

191-193 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

The site of 191-193 Whitechapel Road has been an empty frontage for more than half a century, but it and the land behind occupy a plac...

Ibis Budget Hotel and Adagio Aparthotel (formerly Brunning House), 100 Whitechapel Road

Ibis Budget Hotel (formerly Brunning House) | Survey of London

The Rivoli Cinema and St Mary’s Station site with other land extending back to Fieldgate Street was all redeveloped in 1959–63 in a sp...

St Mary Street School

Davenant Youth Centre (former Davenant School) | Survey of London

The Whitechapel Society for the Education of the Poor was formed in September 1812 as an early branch of the National Society (see abo...

Foundation School enlargement and later history

Davenant Youth Centre (former Davenant School) | Survey of London

Alterations and enlargement of the Davenant School in the 1890s were occasioned by changes to the wider administrative framework for e...

The Davenant Centre

Davenant Youth Centre (former Davenant School) | Survey of London

A scheme for refurbishment of the two surviving school buildings to be a community centre emerged from the GLC in 1984. In a project s...

The Davenant School rebuilt

Davenant Youth Centre (former Davenant School) | Survey of London

Rebuilding of the original schools of the 1680s by the Charity School Trustees followed hard on the heels of the opening of the Nation...

Residents' campaign to save Treves House and Lister House, 2017

Treves House, Vallance Road | Survey of London

Three long-term residents of Treves House and Lister House from varied backgrounds are fighting plans being considered by Tower Hamlet...

The Crown and Seven Stars, 1975

The Artful Dodger (formerly the Crown and Seven Stars) | Survey of London

A digitised colour slide from the Tower Hamlets Archives collection showing the Artful Dodger when it was still the Crown and Seven St...

1-13 Vallance Road

3 Vallance Road | Survey of London

Land near here along what is now Old Montague Street was occupied by a Robert Baker in 1707. He was perhaps a relative of John Baker, ...

Gwynne House, Turner Street

Gwynne House | Survey of London

Gwynne House stands at the north-west corner of the Turner Street and Newark Street crossing in bold contrast to its contemporary neo-...

273A Whitechapel Road

273A Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

An earlier four-storey shophouse here was probably part of redevelopment of around 1805 by Thomas Barnes. It was occupied by Thomas Fe...

Former Outpatients Annexe, Stepney Way

Outpatients Annexe | Survey of London

The former Outpatients Annexe of the Royal London Hospital stands at the north-east corner of the junction between New Road and Stepne...

Albany Court

Albany Court, 18-25 Plumbers Row | Survey of London

In keeping with post-war redevelopment plans that zoned this district for industry a three-storey workshops block was erected on this ...

Hopetown Estate (now part of the Chicksand Estate)

14-36 Frostic Walk | Survey of London

This housing estate, named after the Salvation Army's women's hostel that stood on the south side of Chicksand Street from 1931 to 198...

The former Working Lads' Institute, 279-281 Whitechapel Road

Former Working Lads' Institute | Survey of London

This impressively tall gabled building was erected in 1884–5 and extended at the back in 1886–7 as a Working Lads’ Institute, to promo...

Davenant Street Development (now part of Chicksand Estate)

194-212 Old Montague Street | Survey of London

The south side of the east end of Old Montague Street, former Rowland land that had largely come to the parish, was first built up in ...

North side of North Tenter Street, 1973

8-10 North Tenter Street | Survey of London

A slide of 5 and 8 St Mark Street, 8-10 Tenter Street and the building that preceded Symons House adjoining, in 1973, from a digitised...

27 Commercial Road

27 Commercial Road | Survey of London

This four-storey corner warehouse was built in 1872–3 for Edmund Richard Goodrich, an oilman whose premises had been taken for the wes...

Phoenix Hall (demolished), 1971

London Enterprise Academy (formerly Aneurin Bevan House), 81-91 Commercial Road | Survey of London

A digitised colour slide from the Tower Hamlets Archives collection: <a href="https://twitter.com/LBTHArchives/status/76296654...

299 Whitechapel Road (formerly the Lord Nelson public house)

299 Whitechapel Road (formerly the Lord Nelson public house) | Survey of London

The predecessor of the present building at 299 Whitechapel Road was a pub and victualling house with a skittle ground to the rear. Thi...

235 Whitechapel Road (formerly the Lord Napier public house)

Zam Zam Gift Shop (formerly the Lord Napier public house), 235 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

By the 1780s and into the 1840s a shop on this corner was occupied by Joseph Bond and then William Bond, wireworkers and bird-cage mak...

Mount Terrace

34 Mount Terrace | Survey of London

The terrace which extends east from New Road to the northern tip of Turner Street owes its name to Whitechapel Mount, an artificial hi...

The Alexandra Wing, 1864–6 (demolished)

The Royal London Dental Hospital | Survey of London

As east London expanded into Essex, the London Hospital was inundated with increasing numbers of patients arriving from the local area...

London College of Furniture, 1971

London Metropolitan University | Survey of London

A view of the London College of Furniture building, later part of London Metropolitan University, from a digitised colour slide in the...

Whitechapel Station

Whitechapel Station | Survey of London

Substantially rebuilt in 2013–18 for Crossrail (the Elizabeth Line), Whitechapel Station has an intricate and accretive history, sever...

65A Whitechapel High Street

65A Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

No. 65a Whitechapel High Street has its origins as a building of c1897. Prominent from the west, it was well finished with lavish use ...

16-18 Whitechapel Road

16-18 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

A warehouse of 1852 here became a cigar factory in the 1890s. The site was redeveloped in 1938–9 to house a five-storey factory for Bu...

Whitechapel Bell Foundry in 1971

Whitechapel Bell Foundry, 32–34 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

Another slide from the Tower Hamlets Archives collection: <a href="https://twitter.com/LBTHArchives/status/805010230383955969"...

Whitechapel Road and the market in 1975

Whitechapel Market, Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

A digitised colour slide of the market in 1975 from the Tower Hamlets Archives collection: <a href="https://twitter.com/LBTHAr...

Miss Muff's molly house

Black Lion House | Survey of London

In 1728 Black Lion Yard was the site of the house of one Jonathan Muff, which he ran as a Molly house, a resort for gay men and transv...

The Mulberry Gardens

St Boniface German Church, 47 Adler Street | Survey of London

An approximately four-acre quadrilateral of ground lying west of present-day Plumbers Row and extending south from the Pierrepoint/Bay...

Albion Brewery building during the dustmen's strike of 1979

Albion Yard (formerly Albion Brewery) | Survey of London

A digitised colour slide from Tower Hamlets Archives collection <a href="https://twitter.com/LBTHArchives/status/8061294404052...

29-31A Commercial Road

31 Commercial Road | Survey of London

This site was created by the westwards extension of Commercial Road in 1869-70. It was acquired by Henry Bear, a tobacco manufacturer....

William Forster's house of c.1750 and subsequent developments at 25 Whitechapel Road

25 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

In a section of Whitechapel Road that had many inns, taverns and beer-houses in the early eighteenth century, the Angel and Still was ...

West wing and east wing extensions, 1830–42

Former Royal London Hospital | Survey of London

Plans for the first substantial enlargement to the London Hospital arose in 1830 in response to rising patient numbers, a by-product o...

Miss Muff's Molly House

Magenta House | Survey of London

In 1728 Black Lion Yard was the site of the house of one Jonathan Muff, which he ran as a Molly house, a resort for gay men and transv...

4-6 Davenant Street

The Denim Factory, 4-6 Davenant Street | Survey of London

In the early nineteenth century this site was an open yard, for coaches and with stables, south of which there was a brewery (the Whit...

Former Outpatients Department, Stepney Way

Outpatients Department | Survey of London

The north-west corner of the junction between Turner Street and Stepney Way is dominated by the former Outpatients Department of the R...

27 Whitechapel Road

27 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

This building of 1926–7 was erected to designs by Higgins &amp; Thomerson, architects, and first occupied in part by Isaac Woolf Silbe...

108A Whitechapel Road

108A Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

Twin large warehouses of 1878 here were cleared around 1890 for the Metropolitan and District Railway Company, to provide a supplement...

29 Whitechapel Road

29 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

No. 29 Whitechapel Road was built with a workshop to the rear in 1891 after a recently erected predecessor was destroyed by fire. It w...

Developments from 1784

St Boniface German Church, 47 Adler Street | Survey of London

Under Holloway’s ownership streets were laid out from 1784 with more than 150 small two- and three-storey houses, up by the 1790s on l...

199 Whitechapel Road

199 Whitechapel Road (former Black Bull public house) | Survey of London

This was the Black Bull public house from the early nineteenth century. Once taller, it was taken down a storey and refronted in a bla...

St Mary's Station

Ibis Budget Hotel (formerly Brunning House) | Survey of London

St Mary’s Station was built in 1883–4 on the site of Meggs’ Almshouses for the Metropolitan and District Railway’s ex...

Maddock tomb

Altab Ali Park, including the site of the parish church of St Mary Matfelon | Survey of London

This chest tomb for the Maddock family (timber merchants on Rosemary Lane and Well Street) is a stout early nineteenth century monumen...

Old Montague Street, 1966

1 King's Arms Court | Survey of London

This view westwards along Old Montague Street from No 42, on the left, the site of the Chevrah Shass synagogue, is from a slide taken ...

St Paul’s German Reformed Church

part of Calcutta House | Survey of London

Founded in 1697, St Paul’s Reformed Church was London’s third oldest German evangelical congregation. In 1771 the church removed from ...

The Goulston Estate, 1678-1776

part of Calcutta House | Survey of London

Son of William Megges III’s younger sister Alice, Sir William Goulston (c.1641-1688, knighted 1680) became a London merchant and activ...

241–243 Whitechapel Road

241 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

This stock-brick asymmetrical pair of around 1835, possibly built for Henry and Joseph Gibbs, was leased for quotidian shopkeeping. It...

8-10 Greatorex Street

Greatorex Business Centre, 8-10 Greatorex Street | Survey of London

Paul Turquand built a sugarhouse on this large and deep site in 1757. The premises expanded and were taken by George Lear &amp; Co. (l...

Abdul Shukar Khalisdar describes how he started this business centre in 2012

Greatorex Business Centre, 8-10 Greatorex Street | Survey of London

Local businessman Abdul Shukar Khalisdar worked in a clothing factory in this building as a youth, here he recounts how, in later life...

45 to 85 Whitechapel Road - early history including King's Arms Court and Black Lion Yard

Black Lion House | Survey of London

The original Black Lion House (on the site that was later that of 37 Whitechapel Road) was with adjacent properties h...

7-8 Davenant Street

7-8 Davenant Street | Survey of London

This unprepossessing and much-altered building has its origins as a sugarhouse and is thus the sole surviving remnant of a once widesp...

The Ducking Pond and adjacent early developments

Kempton Court (2 Durward Street and 7-23 Brady Street) | Survey of London

Part of a natural watercourse known as the Black Ditch that flowed through Stepney from Shoreditch to Limehouse formed the irregular n...

17-18 Vine Court

Warehouse to rear of 108A-110 Whitechapel Road (17-18 Vine Court) | Survey of London

The building at 17–18 Vine Court was erected in 1969–70 for Alfred Cox Ltd, for parking under workrooms for making surgical and orthop...

Albion Brewery, 1970s

Albion Yard (formerly Albion Brewery) | Survey of London

An undated digitised colour slide from the Tower Hamlets Archives collection: <a href="https://twitter.com/LBTHArchives/status...

Whitechapel Distillery

Whitechapel Sports Centre, Durward Street | Survey of London

What is now part of the Whitechapel Sports Centre site and land to its east and north housed a major distillery in the eighteenth and ...

The site of 275-277 Whitechapel Road before the railway

Whitechapel Station | Survey of London

Thomas Barnes, ‘bricklayer and builder’, and John Lay, a bricklayer of Newcastle Street, Whitechapel, acquired two shophouses on the s...

12-20 Old Montague Street and Green Dragon Yard

Green Dragon Yard | Survey of London

Green Dragon Yard was cleared after extensive bomb damage. A single-storey warehouse went up on its west side in 1961 and was raised i...

From Black Lion House to Magenta House, 45-85 Whitechapel Road and Greatorex Street

Black Lion House | Survey of London

The Whitechapel Road frontage that was formerly numbered Nos 31–95 (as far east as Greatorex Street) is unified by a story of post-war...

The Archers public house, 42 Osborn Street

The Archers public house, 42 Osborn Street | Survey of London

The Archers public house was at the Old Montague Street corner by 1821, and may well date back to the 1780s when Osborn Street was for...

Green Dragon Yard - early history

Green Dragon Yard | Survey of London

Roman pottery was found on the Green Dragon Yard site. The name derives from an early inn, the Green Dragon on the site of 21 and 23 W...

13-15 Greatorex Street with 80 Old Montague Street, including the former Morris Kasler Hall (kosher luncheon club)

13-15 Greatorex Street with 80 Old Montague Street | Survey of London

This site was acquired by the adjacent Great Garden Street Synagogue by 1935 when Messrs Joseph, architects, prepared plans for two bu...

The Good Samaritan Public House, 85–87 Turner Street

The Good Samaritan Public House | Survey of London

The Good Samaritan Public House probably owes its name to the London Hospital, which incorporated a representation of the City of Lond...

The Baynes/Forman estate and the early history of the west end of Fieldgate Street

The Curve, 14 Fieldgate Street | Survey of London

Until the middle of the eighteenth century, Whitechapel’s ‘field gate’ marked an edge of the built-up district at the west end of a fo...

former school (demolished), corner of Buckle Street and Leman Street, 1967

Leman Street Apart-Hotel | Survey of London

A digitised colour slide from the Tower Hamlets Archives collection: <a href="https://twitter.com/LBTHArchives/status/78150214...

How we use the London Enterprise Academy, by the students of Years 7 and 9

London Enterprise Academy (formerly Aneurin Bevan House), 81-91 Commercial Road | Survey of London

The most important rooms to us are the canteen and the sports hall. Aaqil likes the canteen because you can eat there and socialise, t...

241–243 Whitechapel Road

243 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

This stock-brick asymmetrical pair of around 1835, possibly built for Henry and Joseph Gibbs, was leased for quotidian shopkeeping. It...

First development of the London Hospital estate west of New Road

Fieldgate Mansions | Survey of London

Until the middle of the eighteenth century, Whitechapel’s ‘field gate’ marked an edge of the built-up district at the west end of a fo...

Peter Martineau's Sugarhouse

20-27 Wentworth Dwellings | Survey of London

The sugar refining industry in England began in the 1540s when Cornelius Bussine, a citizen of Antwerp with knowledge of the ‘secret’ ...

Chicksand Street’s schools and Hopetown

14-36 Frostic Walk | Survey of London

The westernmost section of what had been Francis George March Desanges’s silk-dying works on the north side of Chicksand Street was ad...

2-6 Old Montague Street

2-6 Old Montague Street | Survey of London

Two-storey buildings on this site were replaced in 1904–5 in their present form – three storeys with plain brick fronts, shops under d...

King's Arms Court

2 King's Arms Court | Survey of London

King’s Arms Court has two four- to five-storey largely white-faced blocks on its west side, an affordable housing project of 2007–9 on...

Wentworths and Woodlands

part of Calcutta House | Survey of London

Although much has been made of the genteel character of suburbs further east, sixteenth and seventeenth century Whitechapel was not wi...

Constructing ‘Megses Glorie’

part of Calcutta House | Survey of London

Regarding the Whitechapel area in 1598, John Stow described a steep upward curve of building just outside London’s city walls to the e...

William Megges the younger and William Megges III

part of Calcutta House | Survey of London

William Megges the younger (c.1557 – 1621) took possession of the Harte’s Horne on his mother’s death in the first decade of the seven...

Former nursery to rear of 12-20 Osborn Street

Car park at 8-10 Old Montague Street, with building behind the Nag's Head, 17-19 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

Within a year or so of the opening of the clothing factory at 12-20 Osborn Street in 1961 a day nursery for the children of the factor...

The north side of Fieldgate Street around 1900

Former Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue | Survey of London

From about 1896 there were synagogues on Fieldgate Street’s north side, behind Nos 33–35, adjoining and seemingly adapting part of Har...

The Nag's Head, 17-19 Whitechapel Road

The Nag's Head, 17-19 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

The Nag’s Head Inn has early origins, how early remains unclear, but it was certainly on its present site by 1703, possibly long since...

Rashid Ahmed's description of working in the Royal London Hospital

The Royal London Hospital | Survey of London

Rashid Ahmed is a Rehab Support Worker on the Community Stroke Team at the Royal London Hospital, here he describes how the team work ...

11-15 Casson Street

11-15 Casson Street | Survey of London

The building at 11–15 Casson Street is of 1987–8, three three-storey neo-Georgian brick single-family houses for the Bangladeshi-led S...

Rashid Ahmed's thoughts on new housing in the area

Meranti House | Survey of London

Rashid Ahmed is a Rehab Support Worker at the Royal London Hospital, here he shares his thoughts on the new housing being built in Goo...

Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue

Former Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue | Survey of London

The Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue was founded and built in 1897–9 on a ninety-year lease of land previously occupied by a house and...

Shopping-mall schemes

57-71 Durward Street | Survey of London

From 1972 to 1988 there were plans for a large shopping mall to the north of Whitechapel Road and Whitechapel Station. These were init...

245–249 Whitechapel Road

245-249 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

Premises here known as Waterloo House were rebuilt in 1903. Walter Gladding was the builder at Nos 245–247 for McKay and Ryland, linen...

Kirstein's Mansions, 34-40 White Church Lane

Kirstein's Mansions | Survey of London

A house and shop at 34 Church Lane were the premises of Henry Bear, a tobacco manufacturer, from the 1840s to the 1880s. He evidently ...

101 Whitechapel Road

101 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

Until recently this shophouse of c.1815 had only two storeys. In 1933 Adolf Cohen took the premises, long occupied by bootmak...

Shopping-mall schemes

Whitechapel Sports Centre, Durward Street | Survey of London

From 1972 to 1988 there were plans for a large shopping mall to the north of Whitechapel Road and Whitechapel Station. These were init...

20-22 Whitechapel Road

20-22 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

There were coach-makers on this site and a yard behind through the eighteenth century up to the 1860s. John McCall, a Houndsditch prov...

Shopping-mall schemes

Swanlea Secondary School | Survey of London

From 1972 to 1988 there were plans for a large shopping mall to the north of Whitechapel Road and Whitechapel Station. These were init...

Whitechapel reference library, 1971

Whitechapel Gallery, former Whitechapel Library | Survey of London

A view of the reference library in 1975, from a digitised colour slide in the collection of the Tower Hamlets Archives: <a hre...

Bilal Haq talks about the changes on Petticoat Lane since the 1980s

6 to 14 Wentworth Street and 61 to 72 Wentworth Dwellings | Survey of London

Bilal Haq has worked in the clothing trade on Wentworth Street since the 1980s. Here he talks about how he has experienced how the str...

Pemel's (or Draper's) Almshouses and early history

Albion Yard (formerly Albion Brewery) | Survey of London

The Albion Yard site was traversed from north to south by the Black Ditch, a watercourse that flowed from Shoreditch through Stepney. ...

The Albion Brewery, 331-335 Whitechapel Road

Albion Yard (formerly Albion Brewery) | Survey of London

From back-land beginnings in 1807 the Albion Brewery grew within a century to occupy a large frontage and to cover a site extending ba...

One Braham

Maersk House | Survey of London

Standing aloof on pedestrianised Braham Street (since 2012 known as Braham Park), Maersk House faces imminent demolition in March 2017...

King's Arms Court (early history)

2 King's Arms Court | Survey of London

In the early eighteenth century, the King’s Arms public house was at the site of Nos 55–57, where King’s Arms Court (originally Coles ...

King's Arms Court

1 King's Arms Court | Survey of London

King’s Arms Court has two four- to five-storey largely white-faced blocks on its west side, an affordable housing project of 2007–9 on...

King's Arms Court (early history)

1 King's Arms Court | Survey of London

In the early eighteenth century, the King’s Arms public house was at the site of Nos 55–57, where King’s Arms Court (originally Coles ...

Shopping-mall schemes

Kempton Court (2 Durward Street and 7-23 Brady Street) | Survey of London

From 1972 to 1988 there were plans for a large shopping mall to the north of Whitechapel Road and Whitechapel Station. These were init...

17 White Church Lane

17 White Church Lane | Survey of London

The upper storeys were built around 1840 for Charles Marshall, a veterinary surgeon and farrier. There is first-floor blind arcading i...

Swanlea School

Swanlea Secondary School | Survey of London

After the failure of the shopping-mall schemes in 1988 the fly-tipped land north of Durward Street and west of the railway and Essex W...

Juber Hussain remembers the market off Vallance Road

3-71 Wodeham Gardens | Survey of London

Juber Hussain grew up in Spitalfields in the 1980s. Here he remembers a street market that took root on the site of demolished warehou...

Chicksand Street to Old Montague Street - early history

14-36 Frostic Walk | Survey of London

The rectangle of Whitechapel parish that projects north of Old Montague Street as far as Chicksand Street was part of the Halifax or O...

Alie Street Synagogue, 1971

Central House | Survey of London

A view of Alie Street Synagogue and adjoining buildings, now demolished, from a colour slide in Tower Local History Library and Archiv...

Resolution Plaza new building and open space

3 Resolution Plaza | Survey of London

Wrapping around the base of Denning Point, the building with the address 3 Resolution Plaza is part of the<a href="https://surveyoflon...

255 Whitechapel Road

255 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

The site of 255–259 Whitechapel Road was developed or redeveloped around 1675 when a 499-year manorial lease was granted. Humble early...

Corner of Cambridge Heath Road, 1970

Crossrail Works, Cambridge Heath Road | Survey of London

Another digitised colour slide from the collection of the Tower Hamlets Archives: the houses at the corner were subsequently removed f...

The site of 275-277 Whitechapel Road before the railway

Whitechapel Station | Survey of London

Thomas Barnes, ‘bricklayer and builder’, and John Lay, a bricklayer of Newcastle Street, Whitechapel, acquired two shophouses on the s...

Redevelopment of Denning Point and the New Holland Estate

Denning Point | Survey of London

In 2006 the London Borough of Tower Hamlets transferred Denning Point and the New Holland Estate to EastEnd Homes, set up in 2005 as p...

4-6 Greatorex Street

Clifton Trade Centre, 4-6 Greatorex Street | Survey of London

There were two houses here from the early 1770s. A warehouse with a hipped roof was added to the rear in 1849–50 for Henry Nathan, a l...

Morrison Buildings, 35A Commercial Road

Morrison Buildings North, 35a Commercial Road | Survey of London

This block of dwellings was built in 1873–4 for the Improved Industrial Dwellings Company, which often took plots generated by street ...

1 Whitechapel Road and 2-8 Osborn Street

1 Whitechapel Road (including 2-8 Osborn Street) | Survey of London

A large Second World War bombsite at the Whitechapel Road/Osborn Street corner saw temporary post-war use by stallholders. The four-st...

Central House (1964-2018)

Central House, London Metropolitan University | Survey of London

In the early 1960s, the London County Council (LCC) imposed a new traffic management plan on the area around Gardiner’s Corner. Commer...

197 Whitechapel Road

197 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

A single-storey shop is all that remains in the place of a three-storey building that housed apothecaries and surgeons in the early ni...

E1 Studios (formerly Neil House), 3-15 Whitechapel Road

E1 Studios (formerly Neil House), 3-15 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

This seven-storey speculative block was built in 1967–8 to be warehousing and showrooms over shops, to designs by Carl Fisher &amp; As...

4-8 Whitechapel Road

4-8 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

Charles Webster had this site as part of the George Livery Stables from the mid nineteenth-century with a handsome stone-faced front b...

Redevelopment Proposal (1986–8)

Central House, London Metropolitan University | Survey of London

By the mid-1980s, local textile and fashion entrepreneur Roy Sandhu was using a number of properties around Gardiner’s Corner for his ...

memories happy and tragic of Hughes Mansions

Hughes Mansions | Survey of London

From Joe Swinburne, b. 1923: Hughes Mansions were completed in 1929 and comprised three blocks of flats that were well appoint...

11-15 White Church Lane

11 White Church Lane | Survey of London

Three shops and houses of 1915–17, Joseph &amp; Smithem, architects, built by M. Zetlin for Mrs Lederman of Colchester Street on a bui...

London Metropolitan University

Central House, London Metropolitan University | Survey of London

Via a series of mergers, the vestiges of the Sir John Cass School of Art were subsumed into London Metropolitan University (LMU) in 20...

Describing the George Yard Ragged School

Nagpal House, site of George Yard Ragged School | Survey of London

East End historian and guide David Charnick recounts some of the history of the former George Yard Ragged School "This [site] ...

Impressions of Whitechapel

Whitechapel Market, Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

On the 16th March 2018 the Survey of London collaborated with design consultants make:good and the Whitechapel Gallery in holding a wo...

151 Whitechapel Road

151 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

An imposing row of thirteen shophouses (later Nos 151–175) was built on the site of Whitechapel workhouse in 1860–2. This four-storey ...

New Community Centre

The Community Centre | Survey of London

The two-storey glazed curtain-wall triangular building was built in 2013-14 as part of the regeneration of the New Holland Estate. It ...

Describing the Residence for Respectable Girls

4 Gunthorpe Street | Survey of London

East End historian and guide David Charnick recounts some of the history of the former Sir George's Residence for Respectable Girls</p...

Kearley & Tonge

57-71 Durward Street | Survey of London

Kearley &amp; Tonge was a tea-importing firm founded in 1876 by Hudson Ewbanke Kearley with headquarters at Mitre Square near Aldgate....

Booth House, Salvation Army Lifehouse, 153-175 Whitechapel Road

Booth House | Survey of London

From 1614 this was the site of a parish burial ground and almshouses (described elsewhere). The workhouse was replaced in 1860–2 by an...

201 Whitechapel Road

201 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

William Stanborough (or Stanbrow, d.1694/5), a local citizen mason, took a 500-year manorial lease of a piece of waste ground here in ...

102 Whitechapel Road

102 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

Here at the north-west corner of what had been the Turner estate, a small house set back behind a shop was rebuilt in 1852 by and for ...

A decade of change around Chamber Street

Demazenod House | Survey of London

Oliver Barry in conversation with Sarah Milne on 23 March 2018: "I've been aware of Whitechapel for quite a number of years as...

287-291 Whitechapel Road

287 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

Development on this frontage (Nos 287–293) and manorial waste back to Ducking Pond Row can be traced to the 1620s when an establishmen...

North side of Wellclose Square, 1967

George Leybourne House | Survey of London

This digitised colour slide from the Tower Hamlets Archives collection shows the side of the building that preceded George Leybourne H...

257 Whitechapel Road

257 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

The site of 255–259 Whitechapel Road was developed or redeveloped around 1675 when a 499-year manorial lease was granted. There are st...

203–209 Whitechapel Road

203 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

This was once a uniform four-house terrace of 1865–8. Earlier buildings here, possibly originating in a 500-year lease of 1672, had ho...

S. Schneiders & Son, Cavell Street, 1970s

100-136 Cavell Street | Survey of London

This undated slide, from the Tower Hamlets Archives Collection, is looking north past what was then the premises of S. Schneiders &amp..;.

East One

East One Building, 20-22 Commercial Street | Survey of London

Nos 20-24 Commercial Street is a red-brick-faced steel-framed former factory and warehouse building put up in 1927-8 to the designs of...

From manure works to tenement dwellings

Swanlea Secondary School | Survey of London

Much of the previously undeveloped site that now houses Swanlea School had fallen to use by the Whitechapel Distillery by the 1840s. T...

Victoria Home, Salvation Army Lifehouse, 177 Whitechapel Road

Victoria Court (Salvation Army Lifehouse), 177 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

The frontage at 177 Whitechapel Road was open until the 1890s. A yard to the rear (behind the sites of Nos 163–175), once part of the ...

Nos 28 to 42 Old Castle Street and New Evershed House

New Evershed House and 28 to 42 Old Castle Street | Survey of London

Nos 28 to 42 Old Castle Street, part of the <a href="https://surveyoflondon.org/map/feature/1454/detail/#redevelopment-of-denning-poin...

Gloucester Terrace, 11–95 New Road

41 New Road | Survey of London

Development of the west side of New Road ensued from a decision in 1787 by the London Hospital’s Governors to develop their eight acre...

New Road's formation

41 New Road | Survey of London

New Road was formed in 1754–6 in close connection with the London Hospital’s move to the south side of Whitechapel Road in 1752–7. Sli...

Public lavatory and cattle trough at the south end of Leman Street, 1967

Pier in middle of Leman Street | Survey of London

This colour slide is from the collection of the Tower Hamlets Archives, and shows the 1920s entrance to the public lavatories built ag...

The first Davenant School

Davenant Youth Centre (former Davenant School) | Survey of London

An undemonstrative road-side building of 1818 and a showy but concealed rear addition of 1895 are all that is left standing in Whitech...

North side of Whitechapel Road at the junction with Greatorex Street, 1971

107 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

A colour slide from the collection of the Tower Hamlets Archives: <a href="https://twitter.com/LBTHArchives/status/75069747983...

View west on Grace's Alley, 1964

Wilton's Music Hall | Survey of London

A view of 2 Grace's Alley, now part of Wilton's Music Hall, when in use as a rag merchant, a digitised colour slide from the Tower Ham...

Former LCC school, c. 1960s

6 Durward Street | Survey of London

The south (Winthrop Street) front of the former LCC Board from a digitised colour slide in the Tower Hamlets Archives collection: ...

The former Buck's Row School, 6 Durward Street

6 Durward Street | Survey of London

George Torr, proprietor of a manure works to the north, gave the west end of the Buck’s Row–Winthrop Street wedge that he acquired in ...

Alan Hughes interview

Whitechapel Bell Foundry, 32–34 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

"The facade has had very little done with it over the years… even if you look at the brickwork today you’ll see that the brickwork acr...

The Bell Foundry and 36 Whitechapel Road, 1960s

Whitechapel Bell Foundry, 32–34 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

A digitised colour slide (from the Tower Hamlets Archives collection) of the frontage of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, with No 36 Whit...

103 Whitechapel Road

103 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

No. 103 Whitechapel Road is a single-bay, three-storey and attic building with a gambrel roof that may date in large measure to 1848 w...

259 Whitechapel Road

259 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

The site of 255–259 Whitechapel Road was developed or redeveloped around 1675 when a 499-year manorial lease was granted. There are st...

William Rowland's market garden and other early history

Former Jagonari Women's Centre, 183-185 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

William Rowland was a market gardener in Whitechapel by 1637 when, age 35, he married Frances Roberts of the parish. In 1639 Rowland t...

Former Jagonari Women's Centre, 183-185 Whitechapel Road

Former Jagonari Women's Centre, 183-185 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

This four-storey stock-brick faced building of 1984–7 was designed by and for women as part of the wider Davenant Centre project that ...

105-113 Whitechapel Road

105 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

105–113 Whitechapel Road are three-storey and garret two-bay shophouses that have origins of about 1816–18, probably as a development ...

The London Hospital Dental Institute and Students’ Union, Stepney Way

Dental Hospital and Institute of Dentistry | Survey of London

The area bounded by Stepney Way, Turner Street, Newark Street and New Road is dominated by the former London Hospital Dental Institute...

Juber Hussain remembers living in Davenant House in the 1990s

Greater Whitechapel | Survey of London

Juber Hussain spent some of his childhood living in Davenant House in the 1990s, he remembers some of his family's daily struggles,</p...

261–267 Whitechapel Road and Woods Buildings

261 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

The two pairs of shophouses of 1767–72 here are the oldest surviving buildings on the north side of Whitechapel Road east of Vallance ...

293-297 Whitechapel Road

293 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

This trio of four-storey properties was, despite its heterogeneity, possibly all built around 1840, perhaps in part at least by John N...

New Road's formation and early land use

New Road Hotel (formerly Service House), 101-107 New Road | Survey of London

New Road was formed in 1754–6 in close connection with the London Hospital’s move to the south side of Whitechapel Road in 1752–7. Sli...

New Road Hotel (formerly Service House), 101–107 New Road

New Road Hotel (formerly Service House), 101-107 New Road | Survey of London

This was the site of John Kincey’s double-fronted house of 1775, on a setback building line that was followed at Nos 109 and 111. His ...

187 Whitechapel Road

187 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

William Rowland was a market gardener in Whitechapel by 1637 when, age 35, he married Frances Roberts of the parish. In 1639 Rowland t...

115-121 Whitechapel Road

115 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

Francis Newham, a grocer, took occupation of the building on the site of No. 121 in the 1750s. He replaced Cross Key Alley to the rear...

123 and 125 Whitechapel Road

123-125 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

This is the earliest building in this stretch of Whitechapel Road with early eighteenth-century origins. No. 123, three bays wide, fro...

93 New Road

93 New Road | Survey of London

Of 1923–4, red brick and four storeys, so taller than most of the 1790s houses to its south, this shophouse was put up by George Barke...

Vine Court

Vine Court | Survey of London

Vine Court was formed around 1700 on land then or soon after held by Thomas Turner, a house carpenter, and was originally known as Wal...

303-317 Whitechapel Road

303 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

Earlier buildings on this site were varied and repeatedly rebuilt. In 1670 John East, a citizen blacksmith, took a 500-year manorial l...

The early history of the Royal London Hospital, 1740–1800

Former Royal London Hospital | Survey of London

Foundation The Royal London Hospital traces its beginnings to 23 September 1740, when seven men met at a tavern in ...

189 Whitechapel Road

189 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

An earlier house on this site was probably rebuilt as a roomy shop around 1827–8 for Hugh McDevitt and George Moffett, linen drapers. ...

The Whitechapel Mission, 212 Whitechapel Road

Whitechapel Mission | Survey of London

The island site at the easternmost end of Whitechapel parish on the south side of Whitechapel Road, otherwise bounded by Cavell Street...

Notes on the Mission site

Whitechapel Mission | Survey of London

Constructed 1969-71 to designs by Lee Reading &amp; Associates, 212 Whitechapel Road has long been associated with the <a href="https:...

95 New Road

95 New Road | Survey of London

No. 95 New Road was built in 1883–4 following condemnation of the northernmost of Thomas Barnes's Gloucester Terrace houses of the 179...

221 Whitechapel Road with 1 Fulbourne Street

221 Whitechapel Road with 1 Fulbourne Street | Survey of London

A 498-year lease of this corner property was granted in 1675. A century later it had come into the possession of Luke Flood, a painter...

86 Whitechapel High Street

86 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

Within this unassuming, indeed dull, little building that might have been knocked up any time in the past thirty years, lurks a much e...

The Green Man and the Sons of Lodz chevra, 40 Newcastle Street

Calcutta House annexe, Old Castle Street | Survey of London

From its creation in the early 1730s, Newcastle Street (later Tyne Street) was developed with small three-storey houses, one of which,...

Whitechapel Market, 1975

Whitechapel Market, Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

A view of the market from a digitised colour slide in the Tower Hamlets Archives collection: <a href="https://twitter.com/LBTH...

Brief history of a 'Maritime Establishment'

Wombat's (Aldgate Hostel), 7 Dock Street | Survey of London

Built in 1830-5 facing Ensign Street as the Brunswick Maritime Establishment, the early sailors' home formerly on this site was extend...

Old Castle Street synagogue (demolished)

The Community Centre | Survey of London

From 1872 a minor synagogue stood on the backlands of No. 113 (later No. 42) Old Castle Street, at its north-east end (on the site of ...

87 Whitechapel High Street

87 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

Another utilitarian war-damage replacement, built in the late 1950s, very similar to No. 84, three storeys with red brick facing and t...

211–217 Whitechapel Road

211 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

This 60ft frontage, probably already then built up, was the subject of a manorial lease of 99 years in 1670 to Sarah Wadeson, a local ...

193A-195 Whitechapel Road

193B Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

In the early nineteenth century there were seven small shophouses east of the site of the Pavilion Theatre’s entrance passage up to th...

The Future

Central House, London Metropolitan University | Survey of London

In February 2016, a development company, Frasers, purchased Central House from LMU for £50 million, a price the University noted was ‘...

109 New Road

109 New Road | Survey of London

No. 109 New Road has its origins as a three-storey and attic house of the 1790s, set back and narrow with its irregul...

111 New Road

111 New Road | Survey of London

No. 111 New Road is a three-storey and attic house of the 1790s that was attached northwards to a warehouse occupied by Andrew Richard...

3–9 Fulbourne Street

3 Fulbourne Street | Survey of London

There were houses on this site and further along Greyhound Lane from the 1670s, with more building taking place in the 1720s. This gro...

Former Lord Rodney's Head public house, 285 Whitechapel Road

Former Lord Rodney's Head public house, 285 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

By 1806 there was a pub at this address known as the Rodney’s Head. Admiral Lord Rodney had gained fame in 1782 and died in 1792. Ther...

2–34 Brick Lane

S Karir and Sons Ltd, 2 Brick Lane | Survey of London

The southern stretch of Brick Lane in the parish of Whitechapel was solidly built up with small houses in the middle decades of the se...

69–71 Whitechapel High Street and 9 Whitechurch Passage

69 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

A group of three three-storey eightenth-century brick shophouses stood at 69–71 Whitechapel High Street, replacing earlier timber buil...

191 Whitechapel Road (demolished)

191-193 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

In 1840 the shophouse on this site was taken by Henry William Wainwright, a brushmaker. By 1861 his son of the same name, age 22, had ...

Kensington Apartments

Kensington Apartments, 11 Commercial Street | Survey of London

Kensington Apartments on the corner of Commercial Street and Pomell Way was built as part of the <a href="https://surveyoflondon.org/m...

Noorul Islam's life in Whitechapel

41 New Road | Survey of London

Noorul Islam came to Whitechapel in 1974 and spent his working life in the textile industry in and around the area. He has lived on Ne...

32-38 Osborn Street

32-38 Osborn Street | Survey of London

The present block on this site was built in 1961–2 for Commerce House (Gower Street) Ltd, to designs by J. E. Morgan and Partners, sur...

Vallance Gardens (former Quakers' Burial Ground)

Vallance Gardens, Vallance Road | Survey of London

By 1670 Edmund White, a London merchant, held a large property in the vicinity of what was soon to become Baker’s Row (Vallance Road) ...

Abdul Shukar Khalisdar started his first office on 124 Whitechapel Road

124 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

Local businessman and community activist, Abdul Shukar Khalisdar started his first business in rented rooms above the shop in this bui...

Charles Dickens at the Whitechapel penny gaff, 1851

91 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

Charles Dickens records a visit to the 'penny gaff' in 'the wider part' of Whitechapel High Street, almost certainly this site: <...

Early development

57-71 Durward Street | Survey of London

In 1796–7 Thomas Barnes, Whitechapel’s leading builder, took a large plot of land north of Ducking Pond Row between the Liptraps' Whit...

115 New Road (including the former New Road Synagogue).

115 New Road and the former New Road Synagogue | Survey of London

A warehouse on this site and that of No. 113 by 1817 was replaced by plain three-storey shophouses, probably put up in 1851 for Duler ...

Pettitcoat Lane in full song, 1960

Petticoat Lane Market | Survey of London

BBC Archive footage of market traders in Middlesex Street portion of Petticoat Lane in 1960 <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BBCArchi...

90 Whitechapel High Street and the site of Inkhorn Court

90 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

A model of cut-price fin-de-siècle jauntiness, with scrolled broken pediment and dainty oriel, No. 90 is best remembered as Blooms res...

Whitechapel Road and the market, 1975

Whitechapel Market, Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

A digitised colour slide form the collection of the Tower Hamlets Archives: <a href="https://twitter.com/LBTHArchives/status/7...

Graces Alley

Wilton's Music Hall | Survey of London

The alley from the north-west corner of Marine Square was first called Boat Alley in 1683. Felix Calverd, a brewer, tax farmer and Fir...

The Prince of Orange

Maryam Centre, East London Mosque, Fieldgate Street | Survey of London

from Mark Dunn: The Prince of Orange was a public house, in existence from at least 1797 to 1863 when its site was incorporate...

Kearley & Tonge

3-71 Wodeham Gardens | Survey of London

Kearley &amp; Tonge was a tea-importing firm founded in 1876 by Hudson Ewbanke Kearley with headquarters at Mitre Square near Aldgate....

117–119 New Road

117–119 New Road | Survey of London

Built in 1894 and once extending to No. 123 as four units, this was an early project by Nathaniel and Raphael (Ralph) Davis, the young...

Kempton Court

Kempton Court (2 Durward Street and 7-23 Brady Street) | Survey of London

Kempton Court (2 Durward Street and 7–23 Brady Street) was an early project by Sean Mulryan’s Ballymore Properties Ltd, previously Kem...

Re-opening and Extension, c.1871 to 1889

The Wash Houses, London Metropolitan University, former Whitechapel Baths | Survey of London

  The density and poverty of the area surrounding Whitechapel Baths was frequently noted in late nineteenth-century reports. T...

First visit to the baths

The Wash Houses, London Metropolitan University, former Whitechapel Baths | Survey of London

Yoel Sheridan grew up in Goodman's Fields in the 1930s and 40s and has written about the experiences of his family at this time in a b...

121 New Road

121 New Road | Survey of London

No. 121 New Road extends to a large range behind 109–119 and 128–130 Whitechapel Road (where there had been a clothing warehouse), is ...

From Graces Alley to Cable Street

Sapphire Court, 1 Ensign Street | Survey of London

The alley from the north-west corner of Marine Square was first called Boat Alley in 1683. Felix Calverd, a brewer, tax farmer and Fir...

Whitechapel Sports Centre

Whitechapel Sports Centre, Durward Street | Survey of London

Following the failure of shopping-mall schemes, plans for developing the five-acre area north of the east end of Durward Street were a...

Mahera Ruby on how the Maryam Centre serves women

Maryam Centre, East London Mosque, Fieldgate Street | Survey of London

Mahera Ruby, an academic and community activist, grew up in Whitechapel. Here she reflects on what the Maryam Centre provides for the ...

Memories of the oldest parishioner

Roman Catholic Church of the English Martyrs | Survey of London

The oldest parishioner of English Martyr's Church was interviewed about his life in Whitechapel by Sarah Milne in early 2018.  <p...

88 Whitechapel High Street

88 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

This substantial four-storey building, three windows wide, appears to be as largely rebuilt and extended in 1838, apparently by James ...

Sapphire Court

Sapphire Court, 1 Ensign Street | Survey of London

The site to the west and north of Wilton’s Music Hall, empty since the 1960s, was sold off by the London Residuary Body in the late 19...

Whitechapel West

57-71 Durward Street | Survey of London

Following the failure of shopping-mall schemes, plans for developing the five-acre area north of the east end of Durward Street were a...

Return to Newnham Street

English Martyrs RC Primary School, St Mark Street | Survey of London

Yoel Sheridan grew up in Goodman's Fields in the 1930s and 40s and has written about the experiences of his family at this time in a b...

Procession Sunday and the East End Exodus

Roman Catholic Church of the English Martyrs | Survey of London

Interview with the oldest parishoner (OP) continued, including information from his daughter 'F'. F: “When we used to...

91 Whitechapel High Street

91 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

This slip of a building, barely 11ft wide, was a rebuilding in 1862 by Mears, builders of Whitechapel Road, to the designs of William ...

Concert-room beginnings

Wilton's Music Hall | Survey of London

Around 1818 Allrich Eden, a German sugar-worker, became the tenant of the Prince of Denmark public house at 1 Graces Alley and changed...

John Wilton and the music hall: 1850 to 1881

Wilton's Music Hall | Survey of London

John Wilton, a butcher’s son and former solicitor’s clerk from Bath, took over the pub in 1850 and in 1853 employed Thomas Ennor, a lo...

131 New Road

131 New Road | Survey of London

Nos 129–131 New Road originated as a one-room deep house of the 1790s, probably built for Thomas Amey and once 1 New Road. The house w...

Colonial House (1942-c.1958)

Leman Street Apart-Hotel | Survey of London

‘There is excellent provision both by official and voluntary funds for seamen on shore, but though hostels with fine premises exis...

Nos 28 to 42 Old Castle Street and New Evershed House

New Evershed House and 28 to 42 Old Castle Street | Survey of London

Nos 28 to 42 Old Castle Street, part of the <a href="https://surveyoflondon.org/map/feature/1454/detail/#redevelopment-of-denning-poin...

133 New Road

133 New Road | Survey of London

No. 133 New Road appears to have been built in 1825–7, possibly for John Jones, seemingly a dairyman, going up at the same time as 138...

Early history of the Idea Store site

Whitechapel Idea Store | Survey of London

A row of shophouses on sites that became 319–329 Whitechapel Road probably had seventeenth-century origins. John Hayward, a floorcloth...

Whitechapel Idea Store, 321 Whitechapel Road

Whitechapel Idea Store | Survey of London

The sites that had been 319–329 Whitechapel Road were cleared in connection with the Albion Yard and Sainsbury’s developments in 1994....

Whitechapel Coal Depot and Great Eastern Square

Whitechapel Sports Centre, Durward Street | Survey of London

The first direct contact of the northern parts of the parish of Whitechapel with railways came when the Great Eastern Railway Company ...

9 Davenant Street

9 Davenant Street | Survey of London

The east end of the former ropewalk that had otherwise been taken by Ind, Coope &amp; Co. was developed by Daniel Luke Moss, a Fieldga...

Working in Whitechapel's restaurants

Whitechapel Market, Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

Rehana Islam Shumi came to the UK in 1998, and for the past 20 years she has been working as a chef in restaurants in East London. One...

92-3 Whitechapel High Street

92-3 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

This pair of narrow shop-houses has been a single building since 2002, the shop portion since 1990 at the latest. Both were built in 1...

Sainsbury's supermarket, 1 Cambridge Heath Road

Sainsbury's, 1 Cambridge Heath Road | Survey of London

This supermarket was a comparatively modest realization of part of much grander but failed shopping-mall schemes of the 1970s and 80s....

The Blind Beggar public house, 337 Whitechapel Road

The Blind Beggar public house | Survey of London

The name of this pub is a reference to the Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green, in which parish it stands. A Tudor ballad about Henry de Mon...

94 Whitechapel High Street and Spread Eagle Yard

94 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

This is another workmanlike office building, designed in 1955-7 but not built till 1960-1 to the designs of Fitzroy Robinson and Huber...

Empire House

Empire House | Survey of London

The long row of houses built in the 1790s as Gloucester Terrace was not continuous. From the outset there were industrial premises on ...

Rescue from demolition and revival schemes: 1960s to 1980s

Wilton's Music Hall | Survey of London

The London County Council’s Graces Alley Compulsory Purchase Order of 1963 included the former Wilton's Music Hall in its schedule for...

Spelman House

Spelman House | Survey of London

Spelman House was built in 1939 for the London County Council on land that had been acquired but not used for extension of Chicksand S...

95-6 Whitechapel High Street

95-6 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

This was a postwar repair of 1954-5 by Trehearne and Norman, Preston and Partners, architects, for Barclays Bank of a substantial Edwa...

100–136 Cavell Street

100-136 Cavell Street | Survey of London

In the eighteenth century this site was part of a bowling green on the south side of the hamlet of Mile End Green. The road that is no...

Jagonari Centre timeline

Former Jagonari Women's Centre, 183-185 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

This timeline has been taken from the ‘Jagonari Story’ book. This was put together in 2012 to celebrate 25 years of the centre’s work;...

The Blue Anchor public house

Bar Indo (formerly the Blue Anchor Public House), 133 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

There has been a pub here since at least the eighteenth century, probably earlier. Until the late 1760s it was known as the David and ...

Restoration: 1997 to 2015

Wilton's Music Hall | Survey of London

The use of Wilton’s for (unheated) live performances was revived in 1997, when a production of T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land b...

Ladbroke Court and Ladbroke House

Ladbroke Court, 4 Resolution Plaza | Survey of London

Ladbroke Court, part of the <a href="https://surveyoflondon.org/map/feature/1454/detail/#redevelopment-of-denning-point-and-the-new-ho...

Sloane Apartments

Sloane Apartments, 54 Old Castle Street | Survey of London

Sloane Apartments, part of the <a href="https://surveyoflondon.org/map/feature/1454/detail/#redevelopment-of-denning-point-and-the-new...

The Barnetts, Toynbee and Balliol House

Sunley House | Survey of London

East End historian and guide David Charnick on the work of the Barnetts. Well, this site here, currently demolished, was, as y...

110 Whitechapel Road

110 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

A diminutive survival, this single-bay one-room deep three-storey and gambrel garret shophouse was built in 1846 for Maria Hixon of Cr...

112-116 Whitechapel Road

112-116 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

Varied houses and workshops on this site were replaced by this large five-bay four-storey warehouse block in 1898–1900. Possibly desig...

128-130 Whitechapel Road

128-130 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

Turner’s Square on the site of 122–130 Whitechapel Road was redeveloped with larger houses around 1820 and obliterated by no-doubt tal...

8A Vine Court

8A Vine Court | Survey of London

At Vine Court’s east end, No. 8A is a picturesque phased mid nineteenth-century three-storey and three-bay brick rebuilding of an earl...

Former London Hospital Tavern (the Urban Bar), 176 Whitechapel Road

Former London Hospital Tavern | Survey of London

A public house called the London Hospital was built here in 1753 while work on constructing the hospital’s central block was underway....

101 Whitechapel High Street and site of 97-101 High Street

101 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

This 1961 shop and office building, built by Wates Ltd to the designs of S.A. Burden, architect, for Midland Bank Ltd, is another war-...

The Mahogany Bar Mission and rag-warehouse use

Wilton's Music Hall | Survey of London

The freehold of 1–3 Graces Alley and Wilton's Music Hall was sold in 1887 to John Watson, a Methodist preacher and builder based in To...

Well Close

Wellclose Square | Survey of London

On the site east of Tower Hill that much later became that of the Royal Mint, Edward III founded the Cistercian abbey of St Mary Grace...

The development of Marine Square

Wellclose Square | Survey of London

By 1682 Well Close was largely overlooked by buildings from across the roads that are now Cable Street, Ensign Street and the Highway....

1 to 4 Grace's Alley in 1972

2 Graces Alley (part of Wilton's Music Hall) | Survey of London

A digitised colour slide of Wilton's and the neighbouring houses in 1972, from the Tower Hamlets Archives collection: <a href=...

Bollards on Alie Street, 1984

St George’s German Lutheran Church | Survey of London

This photograph by Jean Thomas, bollard enthusiast, was taken in 1984 and is now in Tower Hamlets Archives. It is looking east along A...

Memories of working at St George’s German Lutheran Church

St George’s German Lutheran Church | Survey of London

Contribution by Steve Pilcher. I had the pleasure and privilege to work as Deputy Director in the Historic Chapels Tr...

The houses of Wellclose Square

Wellclose Square | Survey of London

A number of Wellclose Square’s late seventeenth-century houses survived into the 1960s. There had been rebuildings and refrontings, bu...

Tewkesbury Buildings

101 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

From the seventeenth century until the Second World War a long narrow courtyard was located off the northside of the High Street, with...

Demolished buildings on the east side of Ensign Street, 1964

Shapla Primary School | Survey of London

A view west to Grace's Alley in 1964, showing demolished buildings on the site of Shapla Primary school and the former Brunswick Marit...

Wellclose Square's notable occupants

Wellclose Square | Survey of London

As Nicholas Barbon and his colleagues had intended, ship’s captains were prominent among the first occupants of ‘Marine Square’. Among...

Wellclose Square's industry, institutions and changing character

Wellclose Square | Survey of London

Alongside residential respectability there was industry, cheek by jowl. Sugar refining had a significant presence in Wellclose Square ...

Sufia Alam's recollections of working at the Jagonari Women's Centre

Former Jagonari Women's Centre, 183-185 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

I started at the Wapping Womens’ Centre in 2009…. And I was also a senior manager at the Jagonari Centre in the bigger projects, which...

Essex Street and Catherine Wheel Alley

2c to 4a Commercial Street | Survey of London

Commercial Street roughly follows the line of Catherine Wheel Alley which ran between Whitechapel High Street and Wentworth Street. Ca...

104-106 Whitechapel Road

104-106 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

There were three-storey nineteenth-century buildings here, that at No. 104 of the mid 1830s and first occupied by Jeremiah Holloway, a...

97-99 Whitechapel Road

Islamic Bank of Britain, 97-99 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

This was the site of the Dolphin public house by the early nineteenth century. The premises were rebuilt in 1927–8 for the Commercial ...

The clearance of Wellclose Square

Wellclose Square | Survey of London

By 1950 the London County Council’s plans for the Stepney and Poplar Reconstruction Area involved ‘slum clearance’ all around Wellclos...

24-26 Whitechapel Road

24 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

An early timber-framed and jettied three-storey pair here was gutted by fire on 20 August 1893. For reconstruction the landlord, Fasha...

40 Osborn Street

40 Osborn Street | Survey of London

Built 1903–4 as a house, shop and warehouse for H. O. Ellis who was also the architect, with Michael Calnan as his builder. There was ...

101–103 Fieldgate Street

101 Fieldgate Street | Survey of London

This pair of shophouses of 1906 was built by Samuel Lissner to plans by J. F. Parker, and leased to Abraham Solomon Cohen, chandler, a...

83–89 Fieldgate Street

Tayyabs (former Queen's Head public house), 83 Fieldgate Street | Survey of London

Now unified as a well-known restaurant of Pakistani origins, this group comprises several distinct buildings. The former Queen’s Head ...

56–58 Fieldgate Street

56–58 Fieldgate Street | Survey of London

Alexander Limburg, a fishmonger, was the lessee and first occupant of this shophouse of 1902–3. T. G. Charlton was the architect, M. C...

London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate Street

London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate Street | Survey of London

This building has a remarkable chequered, yet consistent, history. It was erected in 1866–7 as a mission house and infants’ school for...

George Leybourne House

George Leybourne House | Survey of London

George Leybourne House is named after the music-hall performer better known as ‘Champagne Charlie’ in a nod to Wilton’s Music Hall nex...

Denning Point and the New Holland Estate

Denning Point | Survey of London

Between the Ibis Hotel and Wentworth Street west from Commercial Street to Old Castle Street is now entirely occupied by a mixed devel...

Danish–Norwegian Church

St Paul's School | Survey of London

In 1692 King Christian V of Denmark and Norway and his envoy, Hans Heinrich von Ahlefeldt, grew concerned to counter schismatic tenden...

Hutchison House Club and Camperdown House

Camperdown House | Survey of London

Yoel Sheridan grew up in Goodman's Fields in the 1930s and 40s and has written about the experiences of his family at this time in a b...

178 Whitechapel Road

178 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

Like the London Hospital Tavern, this shophouse was built in the late 1870s following the construction of the East London Railway. The...

T. Venables & Sons Ltd buildings, 102 to 105 Whitechapel High Street

102 to 105 Whitechapel High Street and 2 Commercial Street | Survey of London

This corner building was erected in 1909 as part of T. Venables &amp; Sons Ltd, general drapers and furnishers. Apart from <a href="ht...

Relay House and the Ibis Hotel

The Relay Building, 1 Commercial Street | Survey of London

The site of the Relay Building and the Ibis Hotel was assembled in the 1980s, part freehold, and part leasehold from London Undergroun...

St Paul’s Whitechapel Church of England Primary School

St Paul's School | Survey of London

In 1858 the Rev. William Weldon Champneys, Rector of Whitechapel, proposed attaching schools to St Paul, Dock Street, which had opened...

91–99 Fieldgate Street

91-99 Fieldgate Street, including Feather Mews | Survey of London

The London County Council took a lease of this cleared site in 1911 for a temporary school. A modest iron structure went up, set back ...

28-30 Osborn Street

30 Osborn Street | Survey of London

The group at 26–30 Osborn Street has early nineteenth-century origins. The Tower Hamlets Savings Bank, formed in 1819, was based at wh...

4–14 Fieldgate Street

The Curve, 14 Fieldgate Street | Survey of London

The Prince of Hesse public house on Fieldgate Street's Plumber’s Row corner was rebuilt in 1891–2 with blocks of dwellings with upper-...

The site of 102 to 105 Whitechapel High Street before 1700

102 to 105 Whitechapel High Street and 2 Commercial Street | Survey of London

The history of the site between Tewkesbury Buildings and Commercial Street (formerly Catherine Wheel Alley/Essex Street) is known from...

Wellclose Square’s perimeter and Church House (former Nursery and Mission Room)

St Paul's School Mission Room and Infant Nursery (later used as Church House) | Survey of London

There appears to have been no enclosure of the outer perimeter of Wellclose Square’s garden before about 1720 when a dwarf wall with w...

The School's Board

Canon Barnett Primary School | Survey of London

East End historian and guide David Charnick gives some background to the School's Board which ran the Canon Barnett School. [T...

84 Whitechapel High Street

84 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

Another austere red-brick-faced war-damage replacement, built in 1957 as a near-pair with No 83, though retaining its original windows...

The sites of 102-105 High Street from 1700 till the advent of Venables

102 to 105 Whitechapel High Street and 2 Commercial Street | Survey of London

While No. 102 had been rebuilt around 1702 and, hemmed in by the foundry site, occupied in the eighteenth century as in the seventeent...

Shapla Primary School

Shapla Primary School | Survey of London

In 1983 local pressure caused the GLC to move a planned and already substantially designed school from a previously intended site sout...

The White Hart, 89 Whitechapel High Street

White Hart, 89 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

The White Hart is the only long-standing pub left on the north side of the High Street. It claims on its front signage to have been fo...

Sweets and stockings at 92-3 Whitechapel High Street

92-3 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

contributed by Barry Gelkoff This whole property is now a Costcutter shop, but prior to that <a href="https://surveyoflondon.o...

74 Whitechapel High Street

74 Whitechapel High Street | Survey of London

The premises on the northwest corner of the High Street and Osborn Street are a rebuilding of 1828-9, by William Monk, horse slaughter...

the manorial Court House

2–10 Court Street | Survey of London

Stepney’s manorial Court House was a modest building on Ducking Pond Row (now Durward Street) at the north-east corner of Court Street...

Calcutta House Annexe of London Metropolitan University and Brooke Bond welfare centre

Calcutta House annexe, Old Castle Street | Survey of London

The Calcutta House Annexe has been part of London Metropolitan University since it came into being through the merger of Guildhall Uni...

6 and 6a Commercial Street, Commercial Place and Sugar Loaf Court

6 and 6a Commercial Street | Survey of London

Nos 6 and 6a Commercial Street incorporate an entry to the car park on the site of Commercial Place (formerly Sugar Loaf Court) and <a...

St Jude's Church

East One Building, 20-22 Commercial Street | Survey of London

From 1847 to 1925 there stood on this site St Jude’s Church, a chapel of ease to St Mary Whitechapel, its creation a reflection of the...


29-33 Whitechapel Road, 1935

29 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

This photograph by an unknown, probably amateur, photographer shows 29, 31 and 33 Whitechapel Road in 1935, the bunting presumably up for...

10-12 Whitechapel Road, 1935

10 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

Detail from a photograph taken of the procession of King George V and Queen Mary along Whitechapel Road for the Silver Jubilee celebratio...

Wycliffe Chapel, later Philpot Street Great Synagogue, c. 1905

John Harrison House | Survey of London

This photograph shows the Wycliffe Chapel, a congregational church built in 1831 on the portion of Philpot Street that was turned into ga...

The ruin of St Paul's German church in 1960, shortly before demolition

part of Calcutta House | Survey of London

This view of part of Petticoat Lane market looking north up Goulston Street shows a glimpse at the right of the ruin of St Paul's church...

Film still of Jews' Temporary Shelter, 1938

63 Mansell Street | Survey of London

Eight minute film of life at the Shelter: https://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/irn1000726

Whitechapel Fire Station

Whitechapel Fire Station | Survey of London

ground and first floor plans as in 1975 (drawing by Helen Jones)

Ground plan of the Outpatients Department, 1903

Outpatients Department | Survey of London

Ground plan of the Outpatients Department, redrawn by Helen Jones from a plan printed in 'The Lancet', June 1903.

View of Old Montague Street in 1967

Don Gratton House, Alma Home, Greatorex Street Young People's Centre and Institute of Psychotrauma | Survey of London

A still from the 1967 documentary, The London Nobody Knows, showing Spring Walk on the left, with pauline House beyond, and on the right ...

Kirstein's Mansions in 1965

Kirstein's Mansions | Survey of London

Kirstein's Mansions can be seen on the left, beside 29-31a Commercial Road, a photograph in Tower Hamlets Archives from Tower Hamlets Pho...

29-31a Commercial Road in 1965

Fresh, 29 Commercial Road | Survey of London

from Tower Hamlets Archives from Tower Hamlets Photo Archive 1960s and 1970s album on Facebook

Interior view of the foundry workshop

Whitechapel Bell Foundry, 32–34 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

The workshop was extended in 1970? through the incorporation of the adjacent site...and so on

Whitechapel Bell Foundry, ground-floor plan in 2016

Whitechapel Bell Foundry, 32–34 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

Drawing by Helen Jones based on measured survey and archives (work in progress)

St Mary Matfelon, c. 1920

Altab Ali Park, including the site of the parish church of St Mary Matfelon | Survey of London

This photograph, by an unknown amateur photographer, of the north side of the church was taken from, perhaps, 31 Whitechapel Road. The da...

Offices of the Jewish Secular Radicals, 1937/8

Symons House | Survey of London

Photograph reproduced from 'The Streets of East London' by William Fishman

Plans of the ground and first floors of the London Hospital

Former Royal London Hospital | Survey of London

Drawing by Helen Jones based on Boulton Mainwaring's designs, as engraved by John Tinney in 1752.

Map of the London Hospital and its surroundings, c.1919

Former Royal London Hospital | Survey of London

Redrawn by Helen Jones from the Ordnance Survey maps of c.1919 and c.1948.

Ground plan of the London Hospital in 1905

Former Royal London Hospital | Survey of London

Redrawn by Helen Jones from a plan by Rowland Plumbe &amp; Harvey at the Royal London Hospital Archives.

58-70 Old Montague Street and Black Lion Yard, 1922

Hopetown | Survey of London

This photograph of 1922, taken by an unknown amateur photographer, shows the south side of Old Montague Street, from No 58 (at the right,...

Tredegar House, Bow Road

Former Royal London Hospital | Survey of London

Located east of the London Hospital at 97-99 Bow Road, Tredegar House was built in 1911 to designs by Rowland Plumbe as a nurses' trainin...

Memories of A Kid for Two Farthings (1955) being filmed in Whitechapel

Petticoat Lane Market | Survey of London

Carol Fisher (74) recalls the filming in Wentworth Street of the film A Kid for Two Farthings (1955): "I vividly remember A Kid for Two ...

New Road synagogue in use as a workshop, 1980

115 New Road and the former New Road Synagogue | Survey of London

After New Road Synagogue closed in 1973, it became a Bengali dress factory, seen here in 1980. It has subsequently been subdivided and co...

Camperdown House in 1913

Camperdown House | Survey of London

Brochure to mark opening of the house. More info here: http://www.jewsfww.london/a-good-jew-and-a-good-englishman-167.php#


A Tour of Whitechapel Bell Foundry

Whitechapel Bell Foundry, 32–34 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

Meet Alan Hughes whose family has been casting bells in East London since 1884.


Juber Hussain recalls moving to Spring Walk, Old Montague Street, in the 1990s

Greater Whitechapel | Survey of London

Juber Hussain recalls moving to Spring Walk, Old Montague Street, his schooldays at Swanlea Secondary School, and attending the Brick Lan...


Proofing the guns, 2017

The Proof House, 48-50 Commercial Road | Survey of London


Mail Rail to open to the public 2017

East London Mail Centre and E1 Delivery Office | Survey of London

The Post Office Museum, at Mount Pleasant, Clerkenwell, is about to reopen (July 2017) and visitors will be able to ride a section of the...


110-115 High Street, 1964

The Relay Building, 1 Commercial Street | Survey of London

The first 10 seconds of this silent unissued film stock from 1964 show the new Woolworth store to the left (opened in 1960), the entrance...


Police section house on the site of Kensington Apartments

Kensington Apartments, 11 Commercial Street | Survey of London

The first few seconds of this unissued silent newsreel footage offers a rare glimpse of the police section house (a lodging house for sin...


Toynbee Hall in 1964

Toynbee Hall | Survey of London

silent footage from the Associated Press archive showing the still-bomb-damaged Toynbee Hall and with the old Police section house opposi...


The last days at the foundry

Whitechapel Bell Foundry, 32–34 Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

A short film of a visit to the bell foundry, with an explanation of repair work, on 1 April 2016, the year before the foundry closed.


Frankie Goes to Hollywood at Wilton's, 1983

Wilton's Music Hall | Survey of London

The original video of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's 1983 single 'Relax', which reached No 1 in January 1984, filmed at Wilton's music hall....


Time-lapse film of the construction of Aldgate Tower

Aldgate Tower | Survey of London


Barnard Kops read 'Whitechapel Library, Aldgate East'

Whitechapel Gallery, former Whitechapel Library | Survey of London

The poet and playwright Bernard Kops (b. 1926) reads his poem 'Whitechapel Library, Aldgate East', in May 2015


Petticoat Lane in 1959

Petticoat Lane Market | Survey of London

Silent but evocative scenes around the Lane in 1959


From the Blind Beggar to East London Mosque

Whitechapel Market, Whitechapel Road | Survey of London

Martin Fuller takes a walk through Whitechapel Market, 2017