Working lads of Whitechapel

An incredible selection of photographs taken at the turn of the 20th century documenting the poor working class of the East End of London.

These portraits were taken around 1900 at the Working Lads Institute, known today as the Whitechapel Mission. Founded in 1876, the Institute offered a home to young men who had been involved in petty criminal activity, rehabilitating them through working at the Mission which tended to the poor and needy in Whitechapel. Once a lad had proved himself, he was able to seek independent employment with the support and recommendation of the Institute.

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The Working Lads Institute was the first of its kind in London to admit black people and Rev Thomas Jackson, the founder, is pictured below with five soldiers at the time of World War I

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Taken respectfully from the Spitalfields Life website:
http://spitalfieldslife.com/2017/01/02/working-lads-of-whitechapel/

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