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Late 19th Century Stepney Green: Charles Booth and the Jewish East End
Thu 8 June 2017, 13:00 – 13:30 BST
Of the successive waves of immigrants that have shaped London’s East End, the Jewish population of the late 19th and early 20th centuries left us with a particularly rich architectural legacy. Stepney Green, the focus of this tour, was located on the edge of Jewish Whitechapel, which was known internationally as a Jewish enclave and was home to thousands of Jews, many escaping persecution in Eastern Europe. Due to its historic human geography and the number of buildings that survive in close proximity to one another, Stepney Green allows us to study how as patrons, residents, users or architects, Jewish East Enders integrated and interacted with existing populations and wider society. Taking in philanthropic housing blocks, a school and a synagogue, as well as Charles Booth’s ethnographic studies, this short tour will help you appreciate how multi-cultural London developed and highlight defining features of this charming neighbourhood’s historic character.