Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Wentworth Street on Sunday morning

Wentworth Street on Sunday morning - photograph


Wentworth Street is off Middlesex Street, once known as Petticoat Lane and appropriately so, for it was the headquarters of the "old clo'' trade - not far from Aldgate Railway Station. In Wentworth Street, any Sunday morning, may be seen such a spectacle as is portrayed in our picture. From all the purlieus of Whitechapel, crowds of foreign Jews flock to do the marketing which their faith prevents them from doing on their own Sabbath. It must he confessed that they are not all scrupulously clean, nor is one's sight the only sense that is offended. The noise is often deafening, and in the babel of sounds half a dozen different languages may be distinguished - French, German, Russian, Polish, Hebrew , with the Yiddish compounds of them all, and occasionally English.