All Contributions from Aileen Reid

Aileen Reid has worked as an historian on the Survey of London since 2005, and is in 2016-18 a research associate and web editor on the Whitechapel Project

Listed building description of 88 Whitechapel High Street

88 Whitechapel High Street | Aileen Reid

788/0/10224 WHITECHAPEL HIGH STREET 16-MAY-07 88 II Shop of 1950s, with two signs of 1934-5 by Arthur Szyk, in early C19 build...

Samuel Prevezer remembered

86 Whitechapel High Street | Aileen Reid

From The Worst it Can Be is a Disaster (2007), the autobiography of the theatre director Braham Murray (b. 1943): 'My...

Brunswick Buildings in 1975

Brunswick House | Aileen Reid

Although the caption to this photograph looking west from Goulston Street along the south side of New Goulston Street identifies this ...

M.A. Kutchinsky Ltd

171 Commercial Road | Aileen Reid

No 171 Commercial Road was home from 1914 to c. 1959 of the jewellery business (shop and workshop) of the rabbinic scholar M.A. Kutchi...

Brady Street Mansions, site of Swanlea school, under demolition 1975

Swanlea Secondary School | Aileen Reid

Another Tower Hamlets Archives digitised slide, looking south down Brady Street towards the (Royal) London Hospital, with Brady Street...

John Claridge's photographs of residents at Victoria Home, 1959-82

Victoria Court (Salvation Army Lifehouse), 177 Whitechapel Road | Aileen Reid

Between 1959 and 1982 the photographer John Claridge photographed the men and women who stayed in Victoria Home and Booth House, as de...

The worst it can be is a disaster

92-3 Whitechapel High Street | Aileen Reid

From The Worst it Can Be is a Disaster (2007), the autobiography of the theatre director Braham Murray (b. 1943): 'Th...


36 Commercial Road, demolished 2015

36 Commercial Road | Aileen Reid

Victorian shop-house, built soon after road widening in Commercial Road in the 1870s, demolished for redevelopment in 2015

The Cherry Tree, c. 1885

111 Back Church Lane | Aileen Reid

From an album of photographs of pubs in the Historic England Archive (see archive.HistoricEngland.org.uk), taken by the Kensington-based ...

85 Whitechapel High Street

Former Ye Olde Angel pub, 85 Whitechapel High Street | Aileen Reid

The Perfume Warehouse, formerly the Angel public house, 85 Whitechapel High Street, with 1900 datestone

New Goulston Street and 48-105 Davis Mansions, c. 1960 (see archive.HistoricEngland.org.uk)

20-27 Wentworth Dwellings | Aileen Reid

This view of Petticoat Lane market, which then spread eastwards from Middlesex Street along New Goulston Street, was taken by the photog...

Brooke Bond welfare centre, 1932

Calcutta House annexe, Old Castle Street | Aileen Reid

A photograph of the Calcutta House Annexe as it was when newly built as a welfare, or social centre, for workers and managers at the Broo...

Goulston Street swimming baths, c. 1910

former London Metropolitan University law and business school | Aileen Reid

Photograph from a postcard showing Petticoat Lane market stalls in Goulston Street with the swimming bath on the right (east side), 90-14...

St Paul, Dock Street, c. 1905

St Paul's Church | Aileen Reid

A coloured postcard showing St Paul and the Sailor's Home, since rebuilt

7 Dock Street seen c. 1905

Wombat's City Hostel (extension), 7 Dock Street | Aileen Reid

A coloured postcard showing the building on the site of the Wombat's extension, then part of the Sailors' Home

1860s Dock Street frontage of the Sailors' Home, c. 1905

Wombat's City Hostel, 7 Dock Street | Aileen Reid

A coloured postcard of the east side of Dock Street, c. 1905, showing the portion of the Sailors' Home built in 1863-5, which extended th...

Whitechapel High Street and the hay market, c. 1895

Whitechapel High Street | Aileen Reid

The Whitechapel hay market was a longstanding feature of the High Street, and a source of traffic congestion that exasperated the local a...

A Coronation Day party, and a television, at Bullen House, 1953

Greater Whitechapel: Bullen House | Aileen Reid

Frances Shillings remembers seeing the Queen's Coronation on television in 1953: 'My uncle built a TV which was no more than 9in of scree...

16-20 Middlesex Street, late 1950s

16 to 20 Middlesex Street | Aileen Reid

This image, by an amateur photographer, shows the east side of Middlesex Street and the stalls of Petticoat Lane market and Wentworth Dwe...

Commercial Street Baptist Chapel, built 1854-5, dem. c. 1910

Kensington Apartments, 11 Commercial Street | Aileen Reid

An illustration from Ernest F. Kevan, 'London's Oldest Baptist Church' (1933), of the imposing Commercial Street Baptist chapel, built wh...


Silent film of Amelia Earhart visiting Toynbee Hall, 1928

Toynbee Hall | Aileen Reid

This British Pathé newsreel from the silent film era features the American aviator Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) in Whitechapel on 25 June 1...


1957 Pathé newsreel about M.A. Kutchinsky Ltd, jewellers

171 Commercial Road | Aileen Reid

This newsreel features the jewellery business (shop and workshop) of the rabbinic scholar M.A. Kutchinsky (1874-1960), seen in the film (...


Inside the Blind Beggar in the 1990s

The Blind Beggar public house | Aileen Reid

Silent footage from the 1990s inside the Blind Beggar - definitely before the smoking ban.


Pathé newsreel about This is Tomorrow exhibition, 1956

Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street | Aileen Reid


Whitechapel bell foundry in the 1920s

Whitechapel Bell Foundry, 32–34 Whitechapel Road | Aileen Reid

A comparison between this brief silent newsreel and those of 1954, 1966 and 2014 shows how little changes in the techniques of bell-making


38 to 48 to Middlesex Street, rare colour footage of 1926

38 Middlesex Street | Aileen Reid

This film is only 26 seconds long but it is extremely early colour footage of Petticoat Lane Market, from the south end of Middlesex Stre...


View inside studio flat at 74 Whitechapel High Street, 2010

74 Whitechapel High Street rear | Aileen Reid

estate agent video of the first-floor studio flat at 74 Whitechapel High Street, with views to 6-10 Osborn Street, and 65A to 68 Whitecha...


Short Whitechapel Gallery film about its own history

Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street | Aileen Reid


A fleeting glimpse of war-damaged Toynbee Hall

Toynbee Hall | Aileen Reid

This short home movie from the late 1960s has shots of various parts of East and South London, including at 00.05 to 00.12 on the timer, ...


Jo Ann Wong film of her interview with Jaymin M Dhimar at Universal House

Universal House | Aileen Reid


Film of the 'Mail Rail' that terminated at Whitechapel, 1932

East London Mail Centre and E1 Delivery Office | Aileen Reid

The underground mail rail, which ran until 2003, seen in a newsreel from 1932, five years after it opened.


Watney Street market, 1960s

Watney Street Market | Aileen Reid

This slow tracking shot northwards along the east side of Watney Street, Stepney, from the railway bridge just south of Martha Street to ...


Visit by the Prince of Wales to CWS Leman Street, 1924

Sterling Mansions | Aileen Reid

Silent Pathé newsreel showing a visit on 3 March 1924 by the then-Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII, to the headquarters of the Co-opera...


Newsreel about teenagers making art at the Whitechapel Gallery, 1963

Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street | Aileen Reid

Short British Movietone film shows local teenagers making art on Saturday mornings in the Whitechapel Gallery


Marc Isaacs 'Lift', (2001), two months spent getting to know the residents of Denning Point

Denning Point | Aileen Reid


The site of Aldgate Tower in the 1960s

Aldgate Tower | Aileen Reid

This film about traffic congestion, mostly in London, includes a shot looking west along the west end of Whitechapel High Street towards ...


Brief film showing the East London mosque in the 1980s

East London Mosque | Aileen Reid

This brief clip from a documentary or news report from around 30 years ago includes a panning shot from west to east from a building on C...


Newsreel offcuts showing 117 to 137 Whitechapel High Street in 1958

Whitechapel High Street | Aileen Reid

This collection of unused (silent) newsreel footage of London includes, at 6.03 to 6.51 on the YouTube timer, an atmospheric view, taken ...


Hessel Street, 1960s

Greater Whitechapel: Hessel Street east side | Aileen Reid

This atmospheric unissued footage of Stepney in the 1960s includes sharp, atmospheric footage of Christian Street synagogue, and, at 1.33...


Brief glimpse of Gardiner's Corner and Whitechapel High Street in 1924

Whitechapel High Street | Aileen Reid

This silent film about the Regent's Canal includes a brief panning shot (at 2.11 to 2.24 on the YouTube timer) of the south side of White...


North side of Cable Street in the 1960s

Sapphire Court, 1 Ensign Street | Aileen Reid

This silent offcut of film from the 1960s is a long tracking shot taken from a vehicle from opposite 18-34 Noble Court (on the south side...


Amateur film about George Yard Buildings and its Jack the Ripper connection

Sunley House | Aileen Reid

This atmospheric (if rather shaky) amateur footage by a Jack the Ripper tour guide, takes us from Whitechapel High Street, showing a numb...


A walk west to east through Whitechapel Market, December 2015

Whitechapel Market, Whitechapel Road | Aileen Reid

by Jahangir Alam via YouTube


Inside the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, 1966

Whitechapel Bell Foundry, 32–34 Whitechapel Road | Aileen Reid

Brief Pathé newsreel showing the casting and tuning of a bell in Whitechapel Bell Foundry in 1966


The north side of Whitechapel Road in 2006

Whitechapel Market, Whitechapel Road | Aileen Reid

by Sophia Fernandez via YouTube. This brief amateur footage from July 2006 pans back and forth across the north side of Whitechapel Roa...


William Hughes tuning a bell at the foundry, 1954

Whitechapel Bell Foundry, 32–34 Whitechapel Road | Aileen Reid

Short film about the foundry, showing the shaping of bell clappers, and the company's owner, William Hughes, tuning a large bell.


Petticoat Lane market in February 2014

Petticoat Lane Market | Aileen Reid

This clear amateur footage is a snapshot of Petticoat Lane Sunday market on 16 February 2014, showing Wentworth Street, Middlesex Street ...


Estate agent's video showing interior of flat in Kensington Apartments and views north and east, February 2016

Kensington Apartments, 11 Commercial Street | Aileen Reid


Altab Ali Park in 2009 before relandscaping in 2011

Altab Ali Park, including the site of the parish church of St Mary Matfelon | Aileen Reid

from YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cApAoCW37G8. This amateur film, showing Altab Ali Park before it was relandscaped in 2011...


Promotional video about interior design of private flats at 1 Commercial Street, 2014

The Relay Building, 1 Commercial Street | Aileen Reid

via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEYA_9lCEkI


Unveiling the war memorial at St Mary Matfelon, 1917

Altab Ali Park, including the site of the parish church of St Mary Matfelon | Aileen Reid


Compilation of film of Class War protests about segregation of social tenants at 1 Commercial Street

The Relay Building, 1 Commercial Street | Aileen Reid

via Scrap Records, on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQhgsSHPZzY. In 2014-15 the pressure group Class War organised a series ...


Two American students' view of Whitechapel market in 2010

Whitechapel Market, Whitechapel Road | Aileen Reid

from YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMvSb8bVRQQ


Window art project, 83 Whitechapel High Street, 2014

83 Whitechapel High Street | Aileen Reid

by kitsune, from Vimeo Lucia Fioretti/kitsuneart decorates the window of ExMouth Coffee Company, 83 Whitechapel High Steeet, as part of...


Wilton's Music Hall in 2009: 'Cipher', by Neil Wissink

Wilton's Music Hall | Aileen Reid

a film by Neil Wissink, from Vimeo - https://vimeo.com/12489248


The sounds of Petticoat Lane c. 2010

Petticoat Lane Market | Aileen Reid

This sound recording made around 2010 reveals that though they have changed, and there are fewer of them than in the past, street trader ...


Postcards from East London dance/film project: Whitechapel Market, 2012

Whitechapel Market, Whitechapel Road | Aileen Reid

uploaded by Jo Parkes, from vimeo: "Postcards from... is an international dance/film project in which teams of artists work with communi...


Whitechapel Market in the mid 1990s

Whitechapel Market, Whitechapel Road | Aileen Reid

This footage from around 20 years ago, with a lot of fixed-camera shots, shows the Grave Maurice when it was still a pub, and the frontag...


1911 unveiling of the Edward VII memorial in Whitechapel Road

Whitechapel Market, Whitechapel Road | Aileen Reid

Short silent newsreel film of the unveiling of the drinking fountain, paid for by donations from the Jewish community, in memory of Edwar...


Petticoat Lane in the 1960s

Petticoat Lane Market | Aileen Reid

This amateur colour footage from the early 1960s shows the extent then of Petticoat Lane market, with shots of Wentworth Street, Goulston...


Petticoat Lane market at the beginning of the 20th century

Petticoat Lane Market | Aileen Reid

From the British Film Institute archive, silent (of course) footage of Petticoat Lane market more than 100 years ago. Not much architectu...


Nat Roos speaking in the synagogue, 2011

Former Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue | Aileen Reid

An interesting piece of amateur film shows Nat Roos addressing the congregation at the Great Synagogue about its history and memories of ...


St Mary's tube station

Ibis Budget Hotel (formerly Brunning House) | Aileen Reid

Short film of stills showing the remains of St Mary's underground station. This opened in 1884 and closed in April 1938 because of the im...


Choral Selichot service at the Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue, 2011

Former Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue | Aileen Reid


East London Mosque film of interior of Great Synagogue

Former Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue | Aileen Reid

A short film made by the ELM showing many of the rooms within the Great Synagogue, at the time that the Mosque was acquiring the building...