All Contributions from David Charnick

Local tour guide and sessional tutor teaching East End tour guiding through Tower Hamlets Idea Store Learning.

A Friendly Place

Wombat's (Aldgate Hostel), 7 Dock Street | David Charnick

In his Notes on Life and Letters of 1921, the author and former merchant seaman Joseph Conrad reflects on his experiences of th...

Now Demolished

10-14 Dock Street | David Charnick

I was in Dock Street this morning (25 August) leading a tour. I can confirm that this building has now been demolished. I didn't think th...

Whitechapel Station

Whitechapel Station | David Charnick

Whitechapel station is actually two stations, one above the other. The original, nowadays the Overground platforms, opened in 1876 whe...

The Danish Consulate

Shapla Primary School | David Charnick

To supply the major rebuilding campaign following the Great Fire of London in September 1666, timber was imported from the great pine ...

The Working Lads' Institute

Former Working Lads' Institute | David Charnick

The Working Lads’ Institute was founded in 1878 by a city merchant called Henry Hill. It was one of many nineteenth-century initiative...

Elizabeth Stride's Last Drink?

34 Settles Street | David Charnick

The former Bricklayers' Arms. Until some time in the 1880s the address was given as 20 Gloucester Street. As it was not marked on Ordn...


Royal Brunswick Theatre (Front Elevation)

Wombat's (Aldgate Hostel), 7 Dock Street | David Charnick

This is the Royal Brunswick Theatre, which collapsed during a performance shortly after opening in 1828. On its site was erected the Brun...

20-21 Wellclose Square, Danish Consulate

Shapla Primary School | David Charnick

The Danish consulate (r) was established by Georg Wolff at his business address, 20-21 Wellclose Square. A timber merchant, Wolff became ...