84 Whitechapel High Street

c. 1957 shop (now takeaway) and office building, incorporating access to Angel Alley, upper floors converted to flats 2000-1

84 Whitechapel High Street
Contributed by Survey of London on July 10, 2018

Another austere red-brick-faced war-damage replacement, built in 1957 as a near-pair with No 83, though retaining its original windows, triplets within thin concrete frames and thick flat mullions, and the fifth-floor setback. The predecessor shop-house’s history also aped No 83, a timber-framed three-storey (this one with a simple gable-fronted attic) replaced in 1900 by a workmanlike four-storey building, more rugged in style than 83, though also with a wide display window lighting the first-floor showroom. It was designed by the City architect C.H. Shoppee, for the publisher W.S. Sonnenschein and A. Ridley Bax, father of the composer Arnold Bax and brother of the socialist Ernest Belfort Bax. 1 All three iterations of No 84 included access to Angel Alley. In 1869 the copyhold of the old building, with a dwelling house to the rear, was offered for sale, during the occupancy c. 1840-81 of various members of the Wallis family, hosiers, though it was not enfranchised till 1893. 2 The shop switched to rag-trade use throughout the twentieth century, ladies’ gowns before the war, men’s shirts after the 1950s’ rebuilding, with various food outlets since the late 1960s, currently a branch of KFC. 3

  1. Tower Hamlets planning applications online (THP): London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), District Surveyor's Returns (DSR): Census: The National Archives (TNA), IR58/84796/1371 

  2. Census: POD: Daily Telegraph, 24 July 1869, p. 10 

  3. Post Office Directories