Image of cutlery found in the remains of houses that stood until the Second World War at 4 – 6 South Tenter Street

The first phase of our investigation at Prescot Street has concentrated on the southwest frontage of South Tenter Street. Thus far we have structural remains belonging to Nos. 4, 6 & 8. These are all thought to have been badly damaged or totally destroyed as a result of air raids in World War II. In the area occupied by Nos. 4 and 6, we encountered a mass of material, including cutlery and crockery which had been fused together by intense heat, probably caused by the detonation of an incendiary bomb on the site. Ironically, the inhabitants of these houses were most likely Jewish, and descendants of political refugees from persecution in Russia or Poland.