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St Mary's Church, Whitechapel: c.1900

John Galt

St Mary's Church, Whitechapel: c.1900
3 0 c m
actual image size: 27cm x 22cm

Full image caption

This photograph shows St Mary's Church in Whitechapel and was taken by John Galt a missionary with the London City Mission and an amateur photographer. The image reflects Whitechapel's religious landscape at the turn of the century. St Mary's Church, a focal point for Christianity in the area, also supported the Jewish population of the parish. On Saturdays at 5.00pm, addresses to the Jewish community would be made from St Mary's open-air pulpit. Special services for Jewish festivals would also be conducted, read in Hebrew and German, and sermons preached in English and Yiddish. Up to 500 people would make up the congregation.
This photograph was one of many Galt produced to show conditions in the East End and the work of the mission. His intention was often to show that, contrary to popular middle-class belief, the people of the East End were worthy of salvation.

Image Details

1900 AD - 1907 AD
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