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C.A.Mathew At Sandys Row Synagogue

September 15, 2012
by the gentle author

Please come along and raise a glass next Thursday 20th September at 6:30pm to celebrate the first exhibition of the pictures by the enigmatic photographer C.A.MATHEW, taken in the streets of Spitalfields in 1912.

The photographs from the Bishopsgate Collection are being exhibited at Sandys Row and this is an ideal opportunity to visit London’s oldest Ashkenazi Synagogue – occupying a building which has existed as a place of worship for two hundred and fifty years, first built as a Huguenot Chapel in 1766.

Additionally, making a rare public appearance, the distinguished poet of the East End, Bernard Kops, will read a poem he has written for the occasion.


Sandys Row looking from the northern end – note the horse and cart approaching.

Sandys Row looking from the southern end with Frying Pan Alley on the right.

Widegate St looking towards Sandys Row.

Bernard Kops

C.A.Mathew photographs courtesy Bishopsgate Institute

Bernard Kops portrait copyright © Lucinda Douglas-Menzies

Invitation designed by James Brown

You may also like to read more about

C.A. Mathew, Photographer


In the Footsteps of C.A.Mathew

and my profile of

Bernard Kops, Writer

6 Responses leave one →
  1. Vicky permalink
    September 15, 2012

    I’m looking forward to this!

  2. Seaking permalink
    September 15, 2012

    I would have loved to have attended on Thursday 20th but cannot.

    Does anyone know how long the exhibition is on for?

  3. Esther Kahn permalink
    September 15, 2012

    I am an Australian visiting London. I know this synagogue very well, have been here for services in the past. My family lived close by in the 1870’s. Hope to be there to see this exhibition.

    Best wishes,

    Shana Tova

    Esther from Melbourne , staying in London

  4. September 15, 2012

    Wonderful photographs.

  5. September 17, 2012

    I’m looking forward to the exhibition. See you At the opening. Shana Tova to all. Phil, Jewish East End Celebration Society

  6. Sheila butt permalink
    September 23, 2012

    I wish I could have attended but have only just found out, my mother and father got married in this synagogue and my father worked in frying pan alley for Morry Barnet,we lived not
    very far away these photos are brilliant thankyou

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