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Old 19-01-2015, 01:47 PM   #201
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Wellclose Square lies in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, between Cable Street to the north and The Highway to the south..Wellclose Square was part of the ancient parish of Stepney.. This was later divided into Whitechapel (by 1329), Wapping (1694) and St George in the East (1729).. The boundaries of the parishes met in Wellclose Square..Hayyim Samuel Jacob Falk (1708 - 1782), a Rabbi and Kabbalist, moved to Wellclose Square in 1742 after narrowly escaping being burnt at the stake by the authorities in Westphalia who charged him with sorcery..He was known as the "Baal Shem of London" because of his reputation as a practical Kabbalist who worked miracles and appeared to have magical powers..Falk was born in either Fürth in Bavaria or Pidhaytsi in Podolia..Falk kept a diary containing records of dreams and the Kabbalistic names of angels...

The small Danish church, also on the south side of King Street, was built in 1873. It provided seamen with a place for Lutheran worship, yet despite its foreign orientation, its genesis was very local, being built by Atherton & Latta to designs by John Warrington Morris..The church was 'reconstructed' in 1906 by David Thomas of Finsbury Street, builder..After damage during the Second World War, the church was redecorated 'in bright colours' by the architectural firm (of Danish origin) Caröe & Partners, and rededicated in 1948.. It was replaced in 1959 by a church in Commercial Road and demolished in or soon after 1971..The main body of the church, in stock and polychromatic brick laid in Flemish bond, was a simple rectangle under a slated roof bearing a jaunty little bellturret in 4 materials at the apex of its gable-end facing the street .. At that end a porch on the east and a large vestry on the west presented their own gableends to the street, with a lean-to narthex between them, all being slate-roofed.. The simple, crudely detailed, early Gothic forms were reminiscent of a small country railway station..

The interior was very plain, with plastered walls and braced wooden rafters rising from corbels to support the steeply pitched ceiling.. At the south end a two-centred, straight-sided arch opened to a shallow sanctuary.. Within and on either side of this were 4 wooden figures of Moses, St John the Baptist, St Peter and St Paul, some 4–5ft high, from the Danish Church in Wellclose Square..At least two, and perhaps all 4, of these were carved by Caius Gabriel Cibber in 1696–7.. (These figures are now at the Danish church at St Katharine's, Regent's Park.)..The oil painting over the altar had been the altarpiece at Wellclose Square..The west end of the south side of King Street remained vacant land in the hands of the East and West India Dock Companyuntil 1882, when it was compulsorily acquired by the Midland Railway Company and made a coal depot with sidings and an office just north of the fire station on West India Dock Road .. The area remained a coal-yard until it was taken for the Poplar Link Road... know, she's got this big kidney-shaped coffee table, it upsets me just to look at it... Her husband doesn't say anything and I figure the coffee table got to him years ago...
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