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Stepney Durham Row history

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Location: Durham Row, Stepney, London E1map
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Street my great-grandfather Woolf Moss and his family lived and worked in for a time.

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I'm posting this profile because my great-grandfather Woolf Moses aka Moss lived there for a while, to show what kind of place it was over the years.

Durham Row's original name was Church Row because it is immediately behind St Dunstan's Church.

The pub on the corner is called the Fish and Ring.

The Foot family lived at number 1, which is now a part of the pub so no longer exists.

Number 3 in July 1830 housed an insolvent solicitor called Ayrton.

Number 5 was number 4 Church Row before. In 1879 a pipemaker, Thomas Ford, lived and had a shop there. He also had shops and a factory at 49 Whitehorse Street (now Road) and Mile End Road.

Number 9 was Thomas Bray's dairy. Mr Bray had been a butcher before becoming a dairyman. His son-in-law James Brookbank took over the dairy business and moved into the house in 1891.

An insolvent debtor, William Rowlington, a ship's steward lived in number 11 on 7 February 1844. He was put in the Debtors' Prison for London & Middlesex according to court records.

In 1881 a shoemaker called Daniel Drablow, a German, who lived at number 13, married Elizabeth Allen.

Numbers 3 to 15 still exist and are now protected by a preservation order.

Numbers 17 & 19 were bombed during World War II.

None of the houses on the even-numbered side of the street still exist. There are now some bungalows there and currently a large block of flats is being built so entry to Durham Row from near the church is blocked off.

Number 4 was the Bray family house (the owner of the dairy at number 9).

On 31 August 1866 Thomas Worthington died at number 6. His wife's name was Elizabeth and they had a daughter Jane. Number 6 was later James Brookbank's family house. He married Thomas Bray's daughter, the girl next door at number 4.

Fajwisz Prajzer aka Preiser aka Philip Price lived at number 14 on 13 October 1932. He was a Polish grocer and provision merchant.

In 1838 James and Maria Bruton lived at number 18. James was a labourer. They were burgled and the burglar was transported for 10 years. The house was only 1 up 1 down so pretty amazing that anyone would want to burgle it especially as some of the houses in the street were much bigger. There is currently one on the market that has 4 bedrooms. (March 2015).

Woolf Moses aka Moss had his bootmaker's shop at numbers 22A and 24A. The family lived in 22. Woolf is in Trade Directories at this address in 1894 and 1895. His son Raphael's school record from the Stepney Jewish School in 1898 gives 131 Duckett St (just round the corner) as his home address. An Owen Harrison later lived in 22A though I haven't discovered yet if he took the shop and house over from Woolf.

In 1830 a bankrupt corn dealer, D Southon lived in Durham Row.

On 7 September 1839 an insolvent debtor John Sebastian Renneck, ship owner of Durham Row, was sent to the Queen's Bench prison.

John Benjamin Vincent was born in Durham Row in 1857.

In 1888 the footway paving was relaid.

posted 26 Mar 2015 by Lynda Keen   [thank Lynda]
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Thomas Worthington was my husband's great great great grandfather so thank you for your post.
posted by Kate (Cocks) Shaw
Hi, I'm new to this but interested on hearing about Durham Row. From the electoral register 1911 my maternal great grandfather, Davis Baldztwinig lived at 4 Durham Row, Stepney.
posted by Stefanie Gabrel
Im a newby so please bear with me I've been trying to find out about my family " Drablow" s history, and have found out that they lived in Stepney & found little information with the women in black book im struggling to find family information... if anyone has come across any information I would be so greatful x
Sorry for late reply as I haven't been active on here recently. Your best bet is to search for your ancestors on www.ancestry.com and to look at old Census results there. ancestry is available free in all the Tower Hamlets libraries and also at the London Metropolitan Archives in Farringdon. At present, during lockdown, you can access the libraries version of ancestry free at home, too. Another useful website is www.freebmd.org which is the Registrars' record of births, marriages and deaths.
posted by Lynda Keen
Hi Lynda,

I found your post fascinating, as yesterday I was walking around Stepney trying to see where my ancestors lived.

From 1841 census, my direct ancestors - Elizabeth Plunkett (Plenket) age 5, and her mother Mary Plunkett (Plenket) were living in Church Row, but I can't make out the building number from the census. It also appears that Mary's father William Crowder was living in the same building. Mary's husband John had died of consumption in 1838 leaving her alone to bring up Elizabeth.

If you have any information on this family I'd be very interested.

Best regards,


posted by Timothy Gocher
Sorry, Tim, I haven't. But you might get the house number from Mary and John's marriage certificate if it was her father's house and she was married from there. If they were Anglican, the parish church is St Dunstan's, Stepney High Street and the parish records should be available on www.ancestry.co.uk

You can access ancestry.co.uk free from any library or from the London Metropolitan Archives in Clerkenwell. Good luck and happy new year.

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