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The frightening 'sticky-out bit' in Gower's Walk

Chandlery House, 40 Gower's Walk | eric

Memories of Eric Shorter, b. 1936 Still in existence, the warehouse near the bottom of Gower's Walk on its eastern side had a ...

Living at 49 Gower's Walk

49 Gower's Walk | eric

Circa 1952, no. 49 Gower’s Walk belonged to Messrs Faircloughs the meat transporters, and at ground level consisted only of a pair of ...

The east side of Gower's Walk in the 1950s remembered

Chandlery House, 40 Gower's Walk | eric

Memories of Eric Shorter, b. 1936 As I walked it, ran it, cycled it, the Gowers Walk that I knew in the early 1950s was struct...

Pump house

Old Pump House, 19-20 Hooper Street | eric

I lived in Gowers Walk in the early 1950s, and walked past the Pump House weekly en route to the Cable Street shops with 'mum'. At the...

coffins discovered under Faircloughs

59 Gower's Walk | eric

Memories of Eric Shorter, b. 1936 At one time, parts of Fairclough offices suffered wall subsidence, and builders were called ...

Site of entrance to London, Tilbury and Southend Railway goods shed

46 Commercial Road | eric

Memories of Eric Shorter, b. 1936 The Tilbury Warehouse had an entrance in Commercial Road just to the right of The Gunmakers ...

The pigeon slaughterer of Gower's Walk

Flats 1 to 12, 63 Gower's Walk | eric

Memories of Eric Shorter, b. 1936 Many times I saw a man with bulging pockets in Aldgate. One pocket bulged with permits from ...

Unsavoury memories of public urinals

The Proof House, 48-50 Commercial Road | eric

Memories of Eric Shorter, b. 1936 On the Tilbury side of Gower's Walk, there was another feature, at the top in a corner made ...

Gower's Walk soap factory

48 Gower's Walk | eric

I lived at no. 49 Gower’s Walk in the early 1950s and no. 48 was a soap factory at that time. According to Trade Directories, it was o...

Memories of the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway goods warehouse, 1940s

Flats 1 to 12, 63 Gower's Walk | eric

Memories of Eric Shorter, b. 1936 Looking out from my bedroom window at 49 Gower's Walk I could see the Tilbury building oppos...

Entrance to Fairclough's yards on site of 52 and 53 Gower's Walk, 1950s

53 Gower's Walk | eric

Memories of Eric Shorter, b. 1936 As I walked it, ran it, cycled it, the Gower's Walk that I knew in the early 1950s was struc...

Ladies of the night in Gower's Walk, 1940s

Flats 1 to 12, 63 Gower's Walk | eric

Memories of Eric Shorter, b. 1936 At the week-ends, Faircloughs vehicles seemed to work less, and hence on a Saturday night me...

The site of Webb's Place, Gower's Walk, in the early 1950s

44 Gower's Walk | eric

Memories of Eric Shorter, b. 1936 As I walked it, ran it, cycled it, the Gower's Walk that I knew in the early 1950s was struc...

Gower's Walk of the 1950s remembered

Flats 1 to 58, 120 Gower's Walk | eric

Memories of Eric Shorter, b. 1936 As I walked it, ran it, cycled it, the Gowers Walk that I knew in the early 1950s was struct...

The discomfort of cycling over cobbles in the 1940s

49 Gower's Walk | eric

Memories of Eric Shorter, b. 1936 Early on my parents bought me a sit-up-and-beg bike. When I wore that out, they bought me a ...

A narrow escape at the old 49 Gower's Walk in the 1940s

49 Gower's Walk | eric

Memories of Eric Shorter, b. 1936 Ours was the top-floor flat, with interesting storage places beneath the sloping roof. The f...

Hooper Square as was

Hooper Square development entrance to internal flats | eric

I walked around the walls that once bounded what is now Hooper Square many times as an early teenager in the 1950s. Back then the wall...

Before Hooper Square

Hooper Square development entrance to internal flats | eric

Before the building of Hooper Square in the mid-1990s, at least a small part of Hooper Street where Hooper Square is now contained the...

The flats at the old 49 Gower's Walk, 1940s

49 Gower's Walk | eric

Memories of Eric Shorter, b. 1936 Examination of Ordnance Survey maps from the 1950s show a structure marked with a cross wher...

Loom House in 1950

New Loom House, 101 Back Church Lane | eric

I walked past the Gowers Walk side of this building as a child at weekends in the 1950s. The brickwork was intact, but a bit dowdy and...

Foot-boards at the Back Church Lane wool warehouses

New Loom House, 101 Back Church Lane | eric

Memories of Eric Shorter, b. 1936 Many of the great warehouses around Aldgate and the river had sets of double opening doors a...

No 'Coal Hole'

49 Gower's Walk | eric

This is about the previous property at 49 Gowers Walk, not the one present in 2016. When my family lived there in the 1940's and 1950'...

Premierland to Fairclough's Garage

129 Back Church Lane | eric

Before this current building, the site held two garages used by the Fairclough company of meat transporters to service their fleet of tra...

Faircloughs yards and the east side of Gower's Walk in the early 1950s

49 Gower's Walk | eric

Memories of Eric Shorter, b. 1936 As I walked it, ran it, cycled it, the Gower's Walk that I knew in the early 1950s was struc...

Gardiner's Corner

Aldgate Place | eric

I remember Gardiner's (of Gardiner's Corner fame), and lived in Aldgate (East) in the early 1950's. My mum bought me some socks there ...

Woolworths

102 to 105 Whitechapel High Street and 2 Commercial Street | eric

I lived  near to this building (in nearby Gower's Walk, in fact) when I was aged 10 onwards, in 1946 or thereabouts. At that time it w...

Bike and battery shop

Aldgate Tower | eric

Not this building, but when I lived in Aldgate at the age of  11 or so (1947) there was a wide pavement here along which I would walk ...

Memories of shopping in war-time Cable Street

Sapphire Court, 1 Ensign Street | eric

Memories of Eric Shorter, b. 1936 My mum did the ‘weekly’ shop in Cable Street, where we used a greengrocers and a Yiddisher g...

German church at the Old Pump House

Old Pump House, 19-20 Hooper Street | eric

I knew the Pump House site well as a child, but not was there before it was constructed. I have a paper from Germany about a particula...

Petticoat Lane and Tubby Isaacs' jellied eel stall, 1940s

Petticoat Lane Market | eric

Memories of Eric Shorter, b. 1936 Another of our regular week-end outings was to Petticoat Lane at its original site in Middle...

The mysterious depths of the Hooper Street railway bridge

Old Pump House, 19-20 Hooper Street | eric

Memories of Eric Shorter, b. 1936 I walked Hooper Street often, either taking left or right from Gower's Walk. Left was easy, ...


View of the entrance to Browne & Eagle wool warehouse

Hooper Square development entrance to internal flats | eric

Image of the 'front entrance' to Browne & Eagle wool importers. The building always had a clean and pleasant look.

Tilbury warehouse

49 Gower's Walk | eric

In the 1950/1960s my bedroom faced the east wall of the giant Tilbury Warehouse. I could not see in - its windows were never clean. But t...

Plan of Fairclough's Yard, c. 1950

53 Gower's Walk | eric

This schematic plan by Eric Shorter (b. 1936) shows the layout of the yard of T.M. Fairclough, meat hauliers, as it was around 1950 when ...

Browne & Eagle in Loom House

New Loom House, 101 Back Church Lane | eric

View of Loom House from south end of Gower's Walk, when it was used by Browne & Eagle for storing/assessing bales of imported wool. T...

Working Inside Loom House

New Loom House, 101 Back Church Lane | eric

Photo of a group of Browne & Eagle staff assessing imported wool quality, somewhere inside Loom House in the early years. Note all a...