Blue Coat Boy
Former public house at 32 Dorset Street (north side). Said to be one of the earliest pubs to service Spitalfields Market, certainly in existence by 1822 and given the distinction of being the only building in the street that never changed usage. In 1896 it was sold to the City of London Brewery for £2,000, but was in such a poor condition that it was demolished and completely rebuilt in 1909.
By the 1920's it was run by the son of an Austrian presser, an uncommon example of a Jewish presence in what was a primarily English/Irish enclave.
The Blue Coat Boy was demolished in 1928 to make way for extensions to Spitalfields Market. Not to be confused with a pub of the same name which stood at 5 Norton Folgate nearby.
- Insurance policy, 6th March 1822, LMA MS 11936/489/989657
- The Worst Street in London, Fiona Rule (Ian Allen 2008)
- Rothschild Buildings, Jerry White (Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd 1980)