Whitechapel Road

In walking to the local post office under the absurd delusion that there might still be a collection on Sunday, I noticed how well the façades of the Whitechapel Road look now that they have been cleaned up under an HLF scheme, dating back from when the road was planned to be Olympic boulevard.   It reveals some of the history of the east end:

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I had never noticed the fine memorial to Edward VII ‘ERECTED FROM SUBSCRIPTIONS RAISED BY THE JEWISH INHABITANTS OF EAST LONDON 1911’:

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Nor had I registered the grandiosity of the entrance to the old Albion Brewery, once the home of Mann’s brown ale.   Established in 1808, it was bought by Blake and Mann in 1818, and run by Mann Crossman & Paulin from 1846 until it amalgamated with Watney Combe Reid in 1958 to become Watney Mann:

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