A community group for residents, neighbours and friends of Trinity Green, E1

Friends of Trinity Green

While it is one of the best known landmarks in Whitechapel, few know much about the history or purpose of Trinity Green.

Friends of Trinity Green aims to help inform those interested, whilst promoting the buildings preservation.

You can help support Trinity Green by joining us.

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About Trinity Green

Trinity Green chapel, street frontage and the green is a publicly owned by Tower Hamlets Council while the almshouses themselves are both privately and council owned.

Originally built for incapacitated mariners in 1695, the grade I listed almshouses are believed to a joint creation of John Evelyn and Sir Christopher Wren.

Trinity Green was rescued from demolition in 1895, when public figures including Prime Minister William Gladstone campaigned to preserve the buildings. Since then, WWII bomb damage and unsympathetic nearby development have continued to threaten these unique buildings.



Sainsbury’s have resubmitted plans for a Dubai style, white skyscraper, 28 stories tall, tens of meters from the almshouses.

The uninterrupted views to the east and west of Trinity Green have been protected from intrusion for the last 320 years.

If the Sainsbury’s development is permitted, the green, which is a public setting and landmark, will be dominated by a very large, white tower block, completely out of scale with the locality. The proposed skyscraper will cause substantial harm to the public’s enjoyment of the unique setting of the almshouses.

What you can do:

Download an objection template letter here, and email your objection to:

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Join us to show your support for Trinity Green and to be kept up to date on news.

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    Our aims: 

    Sainsbury’s Development

    The proposed Sainsbury’s skyscraper will cause substantial harm to the public’s enjoyment of the unique setting of the almshouses.

    We oppose any development above the roofline of the almshouses, in line with the recommendation of Historic England. 

    Neglect of Trinity Green

    We are urging Tower Hamlets, under the supervision of Historic England, to devise and implement an urgent repair program.