Antique print dated 1896. The page is over 120 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set it within a gold frame with mount.
Available also in either a brown frame or a black frame, your choice.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm. RL.139.
Entitled – Whitechapel Road.
Below the picture reads:
Whitechapel Road. – “Whitechapel,” says Strype, “is a spacious fair street for entrance into the City eastward, and somewhat long, reckoning from the laystall, east, unto the bars west. It is a great thoroughfare, being the Essex road, and well resorted unto, which occasions it to be the better inhabited, and accommodated with good inns for the reception of travellers, and for horses, coaches, carts, and waggons.” It will be seen from the above view that the pathway on the left is almost as wide as an ordinary road. The tram starts at Aldgate, and goes direct to Stratford Church, whence one may take another car to the confines of Epping Forest, or to Ilford, on the way to Romford. The stranger in London, on noticing the immense width of the Whitechapel Road, is apt to inquire after the whereabouts of the slums of which he has heard so much. He need not, however, go very far from the spot depicted in this view to find some of the very worst localities in all Europe – notably those that figured so prominently in that appalling series of crimes known as the Whitechapel Murders. On the right-hand side we see the London Hospital, which well merits the description of “The Great General Hospital for East London.” This great institution was founded in 1740, and the first buildings were erected in 1752, from the designs of Mr. B. Mainwaring. There were originally only 35 wards and 439 beds. The London Hospital now contains about 900 beds, and its expenses are about £55,000 a year. The additional buildings, which were founded by the Duke of Cambridge in 1890, and opened by His Royal Highness a year later, include a fine portico entrance from the street, a comfortable reception-room, a new operating theatre, a clinical theatre, and a suitable chapel.
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