Aldgate To Whitechapel Then and Now

For today’s blog, I’m going to hand over to Jack the Ripper tour guide Philip Hutchinson.

Philip is the author of several books on the London locations of the Whitechapel Murders and the streets of the Victorian East End.

He’s done a brilliant job of overlaying footage of the modern streets – many of which we pass through on our nightly guided walking tour – with evocative black and white images of the streets as they were in the closing years of the 19th century and the early years of the 20th century.



The film is accompanied by a series songs by the duo Flanagan and Allen – Bud Flanagan, incidentally, was born on Hanbury Street, where the murder of Annie Chapman took place on the 8th September 1888.

I particularly liked the parts where the songs were interrupted by the sounds of the modern East End, as busses and cars drive past and sirens wail. I found this really did add to the feeling that you were, quite literally experiencing the streets, then and now.


Philip’s sojourn into bygone London begins at the Aldgate Pump, the ancient water supply for those who lived hereabouts in days of yore.

Having given the eerie feel of having seen it as it was and as it is, his film heads out east and shows an eclectic mix of locations.


Even though I know him well (we are after all work colleagues) I have to say that I’m really impressed with Philip Hutchinson’s attention to detail and the evident trouble he has taken to put this video journey together.

So, please enjoy the film, and remember that you can join Philip and his colleagues on our nightly walk through these very streets where you can view our unique collection of similar photographs that really will bring the London of Jack the Ripper to vivid and, in some cases, eerie life.