London's East End Synagogues, cemeteries and more......

My personal journey through the Jewish East End of London

A memory of Princelet Street Synagogue and Lipman's shoe shop, 19 Princelet Street - by 87 year old (January 2008) Anne Sloman
19 Princelet Street, Mr  Lipman's shoe shop with a synagogue in the back garden"I remember 19 Princelet Street well,  but not entirely as a shool. It was the home and business of the Lipman Family. The shop front held Mr. Lipman's shoe repair business, the back of the building the family living rooms. Upstairs, I assume were the family sleeping quarters  I was dating the son Harry around 1940, and remember we were sitting in the kitchen / living  room which joined the shop front. A number of people were walking through the back yard, I asked where they were going was told they were going to Shabbat evening services."
So now you know - Until recently the building was a shoe shop and family home with a Federation synagogue built over what would have been the back garden.

Princelet Street off Brick Lane, London E1


Post script:  In May 2009 I received the following letter re: the Lipman family:

Dear Phil,

I was reading this page on your website and was very interested to find an article from lady called Ann Solman who remembers 19 Princelet Street as the business and home of the Lipman family, and that she was dating the son called Harry in 1940. Harry Lipman (photo left) is my father and he is now 91, but sadly not with a great memory any more, but still able to hold a conversation. When doing a bit of research to this I found out on his marriage certificate that he lived at number 33 Princelet Street. I thought this may be of some interest to you, I also have enclosed a photo of him taken outside number 19 a couple of years ago.

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