The Levy Brothers Jewish Bakery, Whitechapel: c.1900

John Galt

The Levy Brothers Jewish Bakery,  Whitechapel: c.1900
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actual image size: 28cm x 22cm

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The Levy Brothers Jewish bakery was located at 31 Middlesex Street in Whitechapel and the shop sign indicates that the business was established in 1710. The bakery sold food both wholesale and retail, and was a Passover cake baker for the large Jewish community in London's East End. The yeast-free unleavened bread, or matzah, is eaten during the spring festival. There are stacks of beigels and flat breads in the bakery window. By 1900, the Jewish population of London was estimated at over 135,000, most of which lived within 2 square miles of the East End. Businesses specialising in Jewish food and drink were plentiful in Whitechapel.
This photograph is one of many taken of the East End by John Galt, a missionary with the London City Mission and an amateur photographer.

© Ian Galt/ Museum of London

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