We were told to meet at 2.30pm: Outside Central House, facing the Whitechapel Art Gallery. The CCS class went on a walk around Whitechapel,Spitalfields and down Brick Lane with my CCS class yesterday. We we’re delving into the history of the area.
In preparation for this walk we were given a reading list and a video to watch before our arrival. The first article is a review of a novel by Monica Ali SANDHU- Come hungry, leave edgy. Which focused on the history around the Whitechapel area, starting from as early as 1603 and finishing relatively recently. The article paints rather a terrible history about Brick Lane the first line starts ‘Brick Lane used to be the home of the dead’ talking about a roman burial ground. The article also tells the story of quite a political and racial history. “The National Front moved its central offices from Teddington in East London to Great Eastern Street, a few minutes’ walk from Brick Lane. Their intention was to provoke more trouble following an incident four months earlier in which Altab Ali, a young clothing worker from Wapping, had been set upon and murdered by three men in nearby Alder Street. A hotograph from the period shows a swastika scrawled on a wall above the message ‘we’re back'”.
Our first stop was Toynbee Hall. We were given the history about the building and what it stood for. It was created in 1884 in response to a growing realisation that social change would not be achieved through the existing individualised and gradual approaches.
We also visited Christ Church in Spitalfields, I have been past this amazing building so many times but I have never been inside before.