Aldgate E1 - Site of the former Aldgate East Underground Station
The original Aldgate East underground station, opened in 1884 on this Whitechapel High Street site just 500 feet west of the present day Aldgate East Station.In 1914 the street level building was rebuilt with a Lyons tea house incorporated on the ground floor.
In 1938 the station was resited down the road as part of London Transport's 1935-1940 New Works Programme whereby the triangular junction of track at Aldgate was enlarged, to allow for a much gentler curve and for improved signalling and longer platforms to accommodate longer trains.
Following closure after the last train had ran on 30th October 1938. the new station opened the next morning. The old street level building survived in a derelict condition until it was demolished in the 1950s and as you can see here there are still some below street level remains to be seen behind the large advertising hoardings on Whitechapel High Street. Proposals are to use the site and demolish the buildings behind it to make a large development of a hotel and offices.