Whitechapel and Dennis Severs' House
Talk and Tour | Aldgate Tube Station
Thursday 7 July 2011 - 11:00
There will be a walking tour of Whitechapel beginning at Aldgate tube station. Molly Rumbelow will unravel the history of Whitechapel's trade, varied cultures, religions, and architecture from the Roman times to the present day. She will talk about London's immigration history which has been shaped by waves of migrant workers and their families, particularly those of Huguenot, Irish, Jewish and Bangladeshi descent. Many of the town houses of the Huguenot weavers remain today. The tour is expected to take about two hours.
The day will continue with a private tour of Dennis Severs' house at 18 Folgate Street. The house was originally a silk weaver's house and Severs, an American, took it over in 1979 turning it into a time capsule and living in it in much the same way as its original occupants might have done in the early 18th century. There will be an introductory talk on arrival and a tour of the house. The visit should take about an hour.
Spitalfields market is close by and there is usually an antiques market there on Thursdays