I have arrived back at work after Easter inspired to find out who lived at the properties we are digging up at 4, 6 and 8 South Tenter Street, as well as on Prescot Street, before they were bombed out in the war.

Having spent 500 expensive credits with the National Archives Census returns from 1861, 1891, and 1901, I have so far discovered that families from Eastern Europe, presumably Jewish, were living in the houses by the 1891 Census, alongside residents from London, Dorset, East Anglia and Ireland.

I have decided that a trip to Tower Hamlets archive is in order, so I will add more information next week, and probably write it up as separate pages in the ‘The Site’ section. There are some fantastic photos of the site available from them – some of which can be accessed online. This one of South Tenter Street is my favourite so far. If I can find anymore, and get permission to use them, I will add them to the Gallery.