A Visit to Capt. Cook's Home

According to Beaglehole (and his source A.W. Smith ' Captain James Cook Londoner' ) Captain Cook's home at Assembly Row, later 88 Mile End Road, was demolished in 1959 despite having a London City Council Commemorative Plaque affixed to it in 1907.

I think it is an ENORMOUS shame that the house was demolished so recently. Why no one took steps to preserve it is an enigma to me.

To find this spot: Take the Underground to Whitechapel station. Cross the street and walk left aprox. ten minutes to between 86 and 90 Mile End Road. The wall is located on the corner of a small side street.

By bus you can take Line 25 towards Aldgate and ask to get off at the "Booth Memorial" stop (not even the stop commemorates Cook!!) which is directly in front of the spot.

Yes, your eyes have not deceived you.The Greater London Council hasn't seemed to mind that a local children's clothes shop has erected a sign nearly on top of their plaque!

The following is the text of the plaque located on a brick wall between 86 and 90 Mile End Road, Stepney, London.

The plaque has three separate sections:

The Left Section:

He surveyed the
Saint Lawrence River in 1759
In three voyages 1768-1779
he charted the coasts of New Zealand,
the East Coast of Australia
and the Pacific Coast
of North America.

The Centre (largest) Section:

On this site
stood a house occupied
for some years by
CAPTAIN JAMES COOK R.N. F.R.S.
1728-1779
Circumnavigator and Explorer

Right Section:

Erected by the
Greater London Council
to commemorate
the bicentenary of his
landing at Botany Bay
New South Wales
29 April 1770 29 April 1970