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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:09 am    Post subject: 19 PRINCELET STREET Reply with quote

Hello Friends,

I visited 19 Princelet Street again last week during Refugee Week. It is only open on rare occasions. It was very busy with school groups and American students, as well as single visitors like myself. They still think that they do not have a close enough relationship with UEL, although some other students had visited during the week.

Going round the exhibition there are a number of plates on the wall telling the history of the place and the locality. Here are a couple:

Great Fire of London contemporary accounts often blamed foreigners
for starting the fire. To quote one of these: "all foreigners alike were
held guilty, no discrimination being shown".

Mike comments: How about that for equality of treatment!!


In 1743 Hugeunots build the grandest church in the area, L'Eglise
Neuve, in Brick Lane. After the Hugeunots leave it became the Society
for Promoting Christianity among the Jews. In 1819, it became a
Methodist Chapel and in 1898 in became Spitalfields Great Synagogue,
Machzike Hadass [Mike: Some irony there given its earlier use]. Since
1976 it has been the Jamme Macjid Mosque for the Bangadeshi
community.

Mike comments: This sums up the Brick Lane area very well and its
changing communities. I visited the Mosque afterwards. It is a huge
building which seems to be in the throws of a major refurbishment.


Cheers,


Mike
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks very much Mike!
That's really interesting - that building has become famous as a symbol of the generations of diversity of the area, this is the mosque, i think:


by the way... i visited museum of London the other day - they say that a french guy was actually hung for starting the great fire, altho apparently no-one believed it even back then Rolling Eyes
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