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Suresh Singh’s Spitalfields

July 10, 2021
by the gentle author

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When Suresh was a student at City & East London College in 1979, he was given a project for General Studies O Level to record his neighbourhood. So he set out with his camera from his home at 38 Princelet St and took these photographs of the streets of Spitalfields, which are now in the collection at Bishopsgate Insitute.

Christ Church from Wilkes St

Spitalfields Market seen from Christ Church

Looking towards the City from the rooftop of a Hanbury St factory

Children playing cricket in Puma Court

Mr Sova, proprietor of Sova Fabrics on Brick Lane

Brick Lane

Shed on Brick Lane

Shoe shop on Cheshire St

Cheshire St

Stamp and coin dealer in Cheshire St

Boy carrying home the shopping on Brick Lane

Shops on Hanbury St

Truman Brewery seen from Grimbsy St

Woman on Brick Lane

Her shoes

Down and out on the steps of the Rectory, Christ Church

Homeless men sitting outside Christ Church – this area has recently been fenced off

In Fashion St

Naz Cinema, Brick Lane

Family walking from Shoreditch Station into Brick Lane

Clifton Sweetmart, Brick Lane

Former Central Foundation School for Girls, Spital Sq, now Galvin restaurant

Inside the former Central Foundation School for Girls, Spital Sq

Abandoned books at Central Foundation School for Girls

There was a constant police presence on Brick Lane due to the race riots

Crowds leaving the mosque on Brick Lane

Sign in Fournier St

Sign in Fournier St

Christ Church prior to restoration, without balconies

Christ Church from the roofs of Hanbury St

Photographs copyright © Suresh Singh


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5 Responses leave one →
  1. July 10, 2021

    I am a trained nurse and I walked through the Spitalfields meat market each day from the train on my way to and from Saint Bartholomew’s Hospital where I worked in the 1960’s. I would like to see some photos of both places as they were in then if possible.
    Thankyou, Sue Crosby?

  2. Stephanie permalink
    July 10, 2021

    This morning’s pics of Brick Lane and surrounding area made me feel very sad
    especially seeing Central Foundation School and textbooks so abandoned and dilapidated

  3. July 10, 2021

    Wonderful pictures, they carry a tinge of melancholy, sadness, tiredness. Thank you.

  4. Cherub permalink
    July 10, 2021

    There is a real sadness in how run down and derelict everything looks in these photos. Very poignant images.

  5. Ros permalink
    July 10, 2021

    These are wonderful photos and Suresh had a very good eye even then. To Sue Crosby, it would have been Smithfield meat market you walked across on the way to Bart’s Hospital and I’m sure there are many photos somewhere of the market, now gone, and Bart’s hospital, still there, and the whole Farringdon/Smithfield area, now so changed. The Gentle Author has reported on Smithfield market several times, and also Bart’s hospital, and Farringdon, if you put those titles into the search box on the Spitalfields Life web page.

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