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69-89 Mile End Road

Wickhams

Significant Building

  • Completed: 1927
  • Built by: Thomas Jay Evans F.R.I.B.A
  • Historic period: Inter-war: 1919-1939
  • This is a significant building
  • Current Use: Retail

The Wickham family were originally drapers, trading from 69, 71 and 73 Mile End Road. No. 75 was occupied by the Spiegelhalter family business of clockmakers and jewellers. With the Wickham's continuing success, in about 1892 they agreed with the Spiegelhalters that they (the Spiegelhalters) would move a few doors up the road from 75 to 81 Mile End Road so that the Wickhams could take over and expand into the shop at no. 75.

35 years later the Wickham family had acquired the entire block except the Spiegelhalter's shop at no. 81 and had planned a major rebuilding of their shop. This time the Spiegelhalter family refused to part with their premises at any price. Their refusal to move led to the odd situation in which the new store was built around the family shop which continued to trade when Wickhams opened on both its sides.