Myrdle Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Adler Street, E1 Adler Street runs between the Whitechapel Road and the Commercial Road. Alie Street, E1 Originally called Ayliff Street, Alie Street was named after a relative of William Leman, whose great-uncle, John Leman had bought Goodman’s Fields. Angel Alley, E1 Angel Alley was a narrow passage which ran north-south from Wentworth Street to Whitechapel High Street.. Anthony Street, E1 Anthony Street previously ran from Commercial Road through to Cable Street. Just a few metres survive. Assam Street, E1 Assam Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area. Batty Street, E1 Batty Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area. Black Lion Yard, E1 Black Lion Yard was a narrow thoroughfare running north-south from Old Montague Street (where it was accessible via a set of steps) to Whitechapel Road. Buckle Street, E1 Buckle Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area. Cavell Street, E1 Cavell Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area. Commercial Road, E1 Commercial Road is a major thoroughfare (the A13) running east-west from the junction of Burdett Road and East India Dock Road to Braham Street. Court Street, E1 Court Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area. Durward Street, E1 Durward Street is a narrow thoroughfare running east-west from Brady Street to Baker’s Row (today’s Vallance Road). Ford Square, E1 Ford Square is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area. Gowers Walk, E1 Gowers Walk is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area. Hanbury Street, E1 Hanbury Street is a long road running west-east from Commercial Street to Vallance Road. Hessel Street, E1 Hessel Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area. Hooper Street, E1 Hooper Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area. Nelson Street, E1 Nelson Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area. New Road, E1 New Road is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area. Newark Street, E1 Newark Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area. Old Montague Street, E1 Old Montague Street is a thoroughfare running east-west from Baker’s Row (now Vallance Road) to Brick Lane. Osborn Street, E1 Osborn Street is a short road leading from Whitechapel Road to the crossroads with Brick Lane, Wentworth Street and Old Montague Street. Plumbers Row, E1 Plumbers Row is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area. Raven Row, E1 Raven Row is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area. Sly Street, E1 Sly Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area. Turner Street, E1 Turner Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area. Varden Street, E1 Varden Street is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area. Vine Court, E1 Vine Court is one of the streets of London in the E1 postal area.
Whitechapel is a neighbourhood whose heart is Whitechapel Road itself, named for a small chapel of ease dedicated to St Mary.
By the late 1500s Whitechapel
and the surrounding area had started becoming 'other half' of London. Located downwind of the genteel sections of west London which were to see the expansion of Westminster Abbey and construction of Buckingham Palace, it naturally attracted the more fragrant activities of the city, particularly tanneries, breweries, foundries (including the Whitechapel
Bell Foundry which later cast Philadelphia's Liberty Bell and also Big Ben), slaughterhouses and, close by to the south, the gigantic Billingsgate fish market, famous in its day for the ornately foul language of the extremely Cockney fishwomen who worked there.
Population shifts from rural areas to London from the 1600s to the mid 1800s resulted in great numbers of more or less destitute people taking up residence amidst the industries and mercantile interests that had attracted them. By the 1840s Whitechapel
, along with the enclaves of Wapping, Aldgate, Bethnal Green, Mile End, Limehouse and Stepney (collectively known today as the East End
), had evolved, or devolved, into classic 'dickensian' London. Whitechapel
Road itself was not particularly squalid through most of this period - it was the warren of small dark streets branching from it that contained the greatest suffering, filth and danger, especially Dorset St., Thrawl St., Berners St. (renamed Henriques St.), Wentworth St. and others.
In the Victorian era the base population of poor English country stock was swelled by immigrants from all over, particularly Irish and Jewish. 1888 saw the depredations of the Whitechapel
Murderer, later known as 'Jack the Ripper'. In 1902, American author Jack London, looking to write a counterpart to Jacob Riis's seminal book How the Other Half Lives
, donned ragged clothes and boarded in Whitechapel
, detailing his experiences in The People of the Abyss
. Riis had recently documented the astoundingly bad conditions in the leading city of the United States. Jack London, a socialist, thought it worthwhile to explore conditions in the leading city of the nation that had created modern capitalism. He concluded that English poverty was far rougher than the American variety. The juxtaposition of the poverty, homelessness, exploitive work conditions, prostitution, and infant mortality of Whitechapel
and other East End locales with some of the greatest personal wealth the world has ever seen made it a focal point for leftist reformers of all kinds, from George Bernard Shaw, whose Fabian Society met regularly in Whitechapel
, to Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, who boarded and led rallies in Whitechapel
during his exile from Russia.
remained poor (and colourful) through the first half of the 20th Century, though somewhat less desperately so. It suffered great damage in the V2 German rocket attacks and the Blitz of World War II. Since then, Whitechapel
has lost its notoriety, though it is still thoroughly working class. The Bangladeshis are the most visible migrant group there today and it is home to many aspiring artists and shoestring entrepreneurs.
Since the 1970s, Whitechapel
and other nearby parts of East London have figured prominently in London's art scene. Probably the most prominent art venue is the Whitechapel
Art Gallery, founded in 1901 and long an outpost of high culture in a poor neighbourhood. As the neighbourhood has gentrified, it has gained citywide, and even international, visibility and support.
, is a London Underground and London Overground station, on Whitechapel
Road was opened in 1876 by the East London Railway on a line connecting Liverpool Street station in the City of London with destinations south of the River Thames. The station site was expanded in 1884, and again in 1902, to accommodate the services of the Metropolitan District Railway, a predecessor of the London Underground. The London Overground section of the station was closed between 2007 and 27 April 2010 for rebuilding, initially reopening for a preview service on 27 April 2010 with the full service starting on 23 May 2010.