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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.

Jack the Ripper London walk

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Our Jack the Ripper Tour is on the move.

From tomorrow, May 5th 2009, Our Jack the Ripper Walk meeting point will move to a new exit outside Aldgate East Underground Station.

Our new meeting point will be outside Exit Four of Aldgate East Underground Station. This is reached if you are arriving into Aldgate East from central or west London by turning right off the tube, going up the stairs, through the ticket barrier and Exit Four is the exit on the right.

If you our joining our Jack the Ripper London walks and travelling from the East of London, simply turn left off the train and follow the above directions.

Our Jack the Ripper Tour takes place seven chilling nights a week, and has been operating since 1982. We our the only one of all the London walks offerring Jack the Ripper tours that ask you to book. We do this because we like to limit our numbers to a sensible and manageable number of around 34 participants.

London walks that tell you there is “no need to book” cannot do this and the result is that participants on those tours can end up crammed on to an untidy scrum with 80, 90, 100 or sometimes over 200 people all struggling to see and hear one guide.

Those who join our walks often express relief when these massive cattle drive London walks pass us in the streets, and several of our clients have written to say how pleased they were to join a company that ensures they can hear and see everything. As we like to put it ours is the Jack the Riper walk that’s heard not herd.

Exit Four of Aldgate east Station is a great place to begin your Jack the Ripper London walk and we’re very excited about the move. For a start its almost directly alongside the site of St Mary’s Church, which was the White Chapel that gave its name to the area.

Furthermore Whitechapel High Street, on which our tour begins, featured in the story of Emma Smith, who was attacked nearby on April 3rd 1888, and who is the first name on the Whitechapel Murders file.

From here we go in to Gunthorpe Street, which in 188 was called George yard, and which was the place where the body of Martha Tabram was found in August 1888. This little, cobbled alley is exactly as it was in 1888 and still has a really sinister atmosphere about it.

From Gunthorpe Street we go to Thrawl Street where Mary Nichols, who many believe was the first actual victim of Jack the Ripper, was lodging at the time of her murder.

So, within moments of starting our Jack the Ripper’s London walk, you have passed two murder sites, and visited a street connected with another. You have gone in to a narrow, cobbled alley and seen buildings that survive from 1888 and which featured in the sotry of Jack the Ripper.

The large cattle drive tours that start from Tower Hill will, on the other hand, spend the first 50 or so minutes stopping in modern well lit streets which have virtually no connections with the Jack the Ripper murders. Furthermore, their numbers are so large they simply cannot squeeze in to the narrow, unchanged alleyways that typify what the area was like when Jack the Ripper stalked them.

So join us on London’s premier Jack the Rippe London walks and enjoy a welcome difference. Just remember that from Tuesday May 5th 2009 we will be meeting outside Exit Four of Aldgate East Underground Station, at the epicentre of the Jack the Ripper Murders. An remember when you join our London walks you are joining the tours that are heard not herd.