Jun 1, 2011

90 years on - Happy Birthday to Patron Lady Grade

This rare archive image of the synagogue, bedecked with flowers for Shavuot, is from 1911. Previously unpublished, we release our earliest photograph to mark a special birthday of one of our patrons, the very special Lady Grade (shown below, peeking from the ladies' gallery before climbing up to the weavers' garrets).

Princelet Street synagogue with flowers 1911 Lady Grade glancing through the trellis of the ladies' balcony

Lady Grade in pink, at 19 Princelet StreeLady Grade climbs the shadowy stairs to the atticsShow business mogul Lord 'Lew' Grade famously described their long and happy marriage as 'the best deal I ever made' . Arriving from Tokmak aged 5, the young Lew - later Lord Grade of Elstree (1906-1998) - found Brick Lane 'bleak and rather dark', unlike the bright and buzzy street that Lady Grade enjoyed on her latest visit. We look forward to seeing her soon and wish her a wonderful 91st year, with many more happy birthdays to come!