91-99 Fieldgate Street, including Feather Mews

1926-7, garment-making complex with house, warehouse, courtyard and garage, now with shops and workshops

91–99 Fieldgate Street
Contributed by Survey of London on July 9, 2018

The London County Council took a lease of this cleared site in 1911 for a temporary school. A modest iron structure went up, set back from the road with open space on all sides, and the school opened in January 1913.1 The London Hospital Estate took the site back and it was redeveloped in 1926–7 to plans by Rowland Plumbe & Partners, with W. H. T. Kelland & Sons of Stoke Newington as builders. This was for Eva Pepper, a wholesale costume (dress) maker, who moved a family business here from 201 Whitechapel Road, continuing as I. Pepper & Sons. The three-storey premises constituted a house to the west and a workshop–warehouse block to the east, linked over vehicular access to an internal courtyard that included a garage. Other garment makers followed, and shopfronts were inserted. The complex was refurbished around 2013, with conversions for flats, and for light industry to the courtyard, which became Feather Mews. In 2017 the shops were Gusta and Dessert Island.2

  1. London County Council Minutes, 31 Oct. 1911, p. 911; 16 and 30 July and 22 Oct 1912, pp. 242, 515–6, 884; 10 June 1913, p. 1317: London Metropolitan Archives, District Surveyor's Returns (DSR): Ordnance Survey map, 1913 

  2. DSR: Post Office Directories: Tower Hamlets planning applications online 

91-99 Fieldgate Street from the south-east in 2016
Contributed by Derek Kendall

91-99 Fieldgate Street from the south-west in 2016
Contributed by Derek Kendall

91-99 Fieldgate Street in 2016
Contributed by Derek Kendall

View along Fieldgate Street looking east in March 2017
Contributed by Derek Kendall