Castle Alley

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Murder site of Alice McKenzie, 17th July 1889. Now Old Castle Street - Whitechapel E1.

Castle Alley appears (though unnamed) in maps as early as 1676[1], joining Castle Street via a narrow passage to Whitechapel High Street. By the mid-18th century, Castle Street had been given the 'Old' prefix and the future Castle Alley was known as 'Moses and Aaron Alley' a name it appears to have kept until c.1800 [2][3]. In 1830, it appears as 'Castle Court'[4]. The name Castle Alley was certainly in use by the mid-19th century[5].



  1. John Ogilby and William Morgan, Survey of the City of London, 1676
  2. John Rocque, Plan of the cities of London and Westminster and Borough of Southwark, 1746
  3. John Wallis, Wallis's Plan of the Cities of London and Westminster, 1801
  4. C & J Greenwood, Map of London, 1827 (updated 1830)
  5. Stanford’s Library Map of London and its Suburbs, 1862