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Jack the Ripper Tour – London walks

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

The 1881 census sheds some interesting light on the victims of Jack the Ripper as covered on our London walks.

Of the five victims four of them were married with children and had led reasonably comfortable lives before an alcohol fueled downward spiral brought them to the East End of London where they solicited on the streets and thus became victims of Jack the Ripper.

Annie Chapman, the second victim, who was murdered on the 8th September 1888 in hanbury Street Spitalfields, is listed in the 1881 census as being a ‘stud grooms wife.’ She is shown as living with her parents. She and her husband moved out shortly after the census was taken. Following the death of her daughter in 1884 she turned to drink and began the downward spiral that brought her into the clutches of Jack the Ripper.

Elizabeth Stride, the thirs victim who was murdered on 30th September 1888, is shown in the census as living with her husband. Newspaper reports suggest that she wasn’t still with her husband at the time of her murder.

Catharine Eddowes was murdered in the early hours on the same day that Elizabeth Stride was murdered. According to the census she was living with her husband, John Conway, in 1881.

Our Jack the Ripper London walk takes place seven chilling nights a week and makes a great way to get the feel of the streets as they were at the time of the murders.

Our east End London walks range from Jack the Ripper right through to an intriguing tour of the Jewish East End.

London walks Quiz – The Answers

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Yesterday we set you a little quiz that consisted of questions regarding topics that come up on our various London walks.

From the Jack the Ripper London walk.

1. How many victims is it believed that Jack the Ripper had?

The general consensus, which it has to be said is by no means certain is that Jack the Ripper had five victims.

2. In which part of London did the Jack the Ripper murders occur?

Several of our East End of London walks cover the quarter of London where the murders occurred. The murders occurred in the districts of Spitalfields and Whitechapel, with one murder, that of Catharine Eddowes, the fourth victim taking place in the City of London.

3. Can you name one of the detectives who investigated the crimes?

There are so many that you could choose from but the man in charge of the on the ground investigation was Inspector Abberline. He incidentally was the person upon the character of Johnny Depp in the film From Hell was very loosely based.

If you would like to experience one of our Jack the Ripper London walks, they take place seven chilling nights a week at 7pm

From the Dickens London walks.

1. What was Charles Dickens first major work?

The first major work by Dickens was Pickwick Papers.

2. Which book was he working on when he died in 1870?

Dickens died suddenly in June 1870 whilst he was working on The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

3. What was the name of the magistrate before whom Oliver Twist appeared?

Having been taken for pick-pocketing on Clerkenwell Green Oliver appears before Mr Fang at Hatton Garden Police Court.

From our City of London walks.

1. Where is Christ’s Hospital School now located?

Close to St. Paul’s there is a blue plaque on the wall of what is now Merrill Lynch that marks what was the site of Christ’s Hospital School. However in the 1890′s the school moved to its current location at Horsham.

2. What was Sir Christopher Wren’s first architectural commission?

Wren’s first architectural commission came about as a result of nepotism. His uncle, who was Bishop of Ely commissioned him to design the chapel at Pemroke College in Cambridge in 1663. This was followed in 1664 by a commission to design the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford.

3. Which London market became Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter films?

Leadenhall Market, London’s most beautiful Victorian market was used for Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter films.

So there you have it. A handful of questions that really demonstrate the sheer breadth and variety of subjects and facts that you can learn on one of our acclaimed London walks.