Blue Coat Boy

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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[1] 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[2].

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.[3]

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.


  1. Insurance policy, 6th March 1822, LMA MS 11936/489/989657
  2. The Worst Street in London, Fiona Rule (Ian Allen 2008)
  3. Rothschild Buildings, Jerry White (Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd 1980)