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Whitechapel, Middlesex

Historical Description

Whitechapel, a parish and a parliamentary borough in Middlesex. It lies 1¼ mile E from St Paul's, London, and forms a compact, busy, and densely crowded portion of the metropolis. It is crossed by a main road known as Whitechapel High Street and Whitechapel Road, which was formerly part of the road traversed by the stage coaches on their way into Essex. It still retains a few of the old inns and many old fashioned houses. Its industries include brewing, distilling, sugar-refining, iron-founding, bell-founding, floor-cloth manufacture, dyeing, and wholesale tailoring. A large trade in toys is carried on in Houndsditch, and Rag Fair in Rosemary Lane is famous for its sales of old linen and cast-off clothes. There are also in the neighbourhood of Houndsditch some of the largest bonded tea warehouses in the United Kingdom. Petticoat Lane, long famous for its Sunday morning fair, is now shorn of much of its former importance, and has been re-named Middlesex Street. Many thousands of Jews live in Whitechapel, and a walk through this district on a Saturday afternoon affords one of the most curious of the sights of London. The churches and public buildings of Whitechapel are noticed under LONDON, where also will be found the statistics, civil and ecclesiastical.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyMiddlesex 
Ecclesiastical parishWhitechapel St. Mary 
Poor Law unionWhitechapel 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Whitechapel from the following:

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Middlesex is online.


Online maps of Whitechapel are available from a number of sites:

DistrictTower Hamlets
CountyGreater London
Postal districtE1
Post TownLondon