Brick Lane Mosque, London (2011)
Cast stone in historic building
UKCSA member Haddonstone supplied custom-made architectural designs for the refurbishment of the famous Brick Lane Mosque in London.
Haddonstone provided custom cladding in its wet cast TecStone material for the well-known Grade II* listed Brick Lane Mosque as a base for its iconic minaret. The name of the mosque, Brick Lane Jamme Majid, was also cast in to the stonework.
The mosque, refurbished by DGA Architects, has a fascinating history, having previously been used as a Protestant Church, Methodist Chapel and Synagogue.
The building was first established in 1743 as a Protestant chapel by London's French Huguenot community, who had left France to escape persecution from the Catholics.
In 1809 it became a Wesleyan chapel, bought by the "London Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews" (an organisation now known as the Church's Ministry Among Jewish People), but this phase of its history lasted only 10 years. From 1819, the building became a Methodist Chapel.
In the late 19th century, the building at 59 Brick Lane was adopted by yet another community. It became the "Machzike Adass" or "Spitalfields Great Synagogue". During this time, the area was home to many Jewish refugees from Russia and Central Europe.
In 1976, it reopened as a mosque. Today, known as the Brick Lane Jamme Masjid, it still serves the Bangladeshi community as a mosque.