Wellclose Square dating from 1680s is the first formally laid out square in East London and has a rich and fascinating history.

The square was the site of the first Danish-Norwegian Consulate and Church in London, and a court house built in 1687 once served as a centre of justice for land controlled by The Tower of London.

The square when established was within the parish of Stepney and later became the meeting site of the boundaries of three parishes - Whitechapel, Wapping and St George In The East.

In the late 1960s buildings surrounding the square were taken down prior to a comprehensive redevelopment of the area by the Greater London Council and in the 1980s the west side of the square was blocked.

In 2016 and 2017 a series of markets were held on Wellclose Square towards making the square a more active and social place on a Saturday.

A number of people working on stalls gained experience useful in obtaining full time employment and a number of new businesses traded publicly for the first time. The Brick Lane Circle displayed an exhibition - 'Human Stories of The East India Company' - exploring centuries old connections between South Asia and East London and there were carrom game tables and occasional entertainment.

market posters

Wellclose Square historical plans

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