How it all began
In 1888, a brutal killer stalked the street of Whitechapel. Five women lose their lives and have their mutilated bodies dumped on the city’s streets. The newspapers gave the killer the nickname ‘Jack The Ripper’ and he has become the best known murderer of all time.
His fame has only grown whilst the names and stories of his five victims has only ever diminished as the myth of ‘Jack’ overtakes the tragedy of the murders. On this audio guide Jen, from the Hidden History team, will reset this imbalance and bring the story of the ‘Canonical Five’ to the front as we seek to finally give these five women a voice.
The audio tour will visit six of the key sites relating to the murders as Jen takes you back to the ‘Autumn of terror’. At each of the different locations Jen explores the lives and experiences of Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly.
As you walk between the locations and along the streets that they did back in 1888, we hope you form a real connection with these women that history has forgotten.
The guide will take you around 2hrs to complete and is just over 3.5kms in length. The guide enables you to explore the area and the locations completely independently and at your own pace.
Remember to check out some of the other Hidden History locations you will be walking past as you discover the real history behind Jack the Ripper. The tour starts and stops at the Ten Bells pub, which is one of the key locations in the story and is a good place for a drink after the walk.
You will hear how the fire started, took hold and was eventually fought as we guide you to six key locations that are critical to the story. Four of these locations are actual buildings that survived the fire including the final location, which is one of the few pubs that survived and is still a pub today. The perfect way to end the walk!
Please note: This story is not a ghost walk, an exploration of any conspiracies or a horror walk. We only explore the story of the murders and try to explain and understand the lives of the victims.
The Ten Bells pub, Berner Street & Dutfield’s Yard, 29 Hanbury Street, Mitre Square and Castle Alley.
Anytime time during the day and early evening particularly in the summer.
Avoid going in the evening, as Brick Lane gets very busy between 20:00 – 23:00. We would also advise to avoid talking the tour by yourself at night. There are a number of smaller streets to walk down and it’s not sensible to do it at night by yourself.
The Ten Bells pub
Closest Tube Station: Liverpool Street station or Aldgate East.
You can either end the tour at Castle Alley or if you fancy a drink afterwards you can return to the Ten Bells pub.
Closest Tube Station: Liverpool Street station or Aldgate East
The guide will take you down the world-famous Brick Lane as well as being close to Spitalfields open air market. We will also take you past the renowned Poppy’s Fish & Chip shop as you move from the starting location to the 2nd one. Find Out more here – www.poppiesfishandchips.co.uk