In today’s blog I thought I’d take the opportunity to show you a few of the locations that we cover on our Jack the Ripper Walking Tour.
When I first mapped out the route I was conscious that much of the area had changed since the autumn of 1888 when the murder took place. Indeed, when a began the walk in 1982 I used to start it from, of all places, Tower Hill Underground Station!
It wasn’t long before I realised that Tower Hill is a dreadful place to begin a Jack the Ripper Tour from as the surrounding area is just modern streets lined by modern buildings. In short, no atmosphere whatsoever.
That’s when I decided that the best start point was Aldgate East Station and so, over the next few days, I’m going to be posting photos of the various locations that we visit on the walking tour of the Whitechapel Murder haunts.
At first I was gong to just show you the locations as they are today. But then I thought that it might be more useful if you could make a comparison and view the sites as they are in the 21st century and then compare them to how they were in the 19th century.
So, with that in mind, let’s begin at the beginning, so to speak, and show you this wonderful old photograph of Whitechapel High Street, where our guided walk begins as it was in 1888.
The two black arrows are pointing to the White Hart Pub and the entrance into Gunthorpe Street through which we step at the very beginning of the walk.
Here’s what the location that the arrows point to looks like today.
It makes the perfect start point for a tour of sites associated with the World’s the most infamous murder spree.