Survey of London:

Peter Guillery

Publicaton Date
June 2022
Standard Number
Yale University Press
960 pages, 2 vols; 260 x 222mm
835 colour + b-w illus.

In these volumes, the Survey of London returns to the East End to chronicle Whitechapel, covering Aldgate to Mile End Green, and Brick Lane to Wellclose Square. The name Whitechapel – one of London’s best known – is highly evocative, carrying dark, even mythic associations. These are set aside to present new histories of all the area’s sites and buildings, those standing and many that have gone, in districts that have been repeatedly rebuilt.
Abutting the City of London, Whitechapel has, since medieval times, housed commerce and many varied industries. Enriched by centuries of immigration, this area has been 'global' for as long as that word has denoted the world and, amidst widespread poverty, some of London’s great institutions have been founded here. In the midst of these landmarks, Whitechapel has seen recent transformation. These volumes bear historical witness with hundreds of superb new photographs and meticulous architectural drawings illustrating detailed accounts of topographical development in accessible prose. They will be an invaluable resource for historians, planners, residents and the wider public.

About the author

  • Peter Guillery was, until 2021, a senior research associate for the Survey of London in the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.