Whitechapel

I have been reading the two-volume new Survey of London volumes on Whitechapel – at least so far only the first – which tell one so much about the complex pattern of its development, including a good, detailed chapter on the Bell Foundry.

It encouraged me to go out exploring, not least to see St. Boniface, the German modernist church at the junction of Adler Street and Mulberry Street behind the Bell Foundry, designed by Donald Plaskett Marshall as a third scheme, after an even more modernist one by a German architect, Toni Hermanns, had been rejected:-

I always like the Eastern Dispensary, a grand piece of Victorian civic classicism, designed by G.H. Simmonds, the secretary of the dispensary:-

The Princess of Prussia in Prescot Street was redesigned in 1913 by the inhouse architect of Truman, Hanbury & Buxton and is dominated by strong architectural lettering:-

St. Paul’s Primary School, which replaced the Danish Church in Wellclose Square, was designed by Reuben Courtnell Greatorex and Simeon Greatorex, brothers of the rector, Dan Greatorex, who, on taking over the parish, had been worried about the possible extension of the Anglo-Catholic influence of the rectors of St. George-in-the-East:-

Only the lettering survives from the building occupied by Raine’s School after it moved from Wapping to New Road:-

And I was pleased to find that New Road continues to resist being poshed up:-

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