Whitechapel to Mile End

Week 33

And as we all get over our Olympic hangovers, here’s a few more pics from London, this time along the Whitechapel Road (which turns into the Mile End Road). Firstly what’s left of the former Mann, Crossman & Paulin’s Albion Brewery, which closed in 1979. Most of the site was demolished and is now a supermarket, but the grade II listed entrance buildings remain, dating from the 1860s and the early 1900s. The architect for much of this was William Bradford & Sons, although the sculptor of the fine George and dragon is surprisingly unknown. Further east along the road is the former Albion Brewery chief engineer’s house (c1905 and perhaps by Bradford, with modern alterations at rooftop level). The first resident engineer was William George Bartle, and the building was also a distribution centre, occupied first by horses then motor drays; access was through the centre archway. The rear section has gone, replaced by residential blocks, but the house itself was recently listed grade II. And now back to the world of medieval brewing……


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