Jack the Ripper Murder Site – Buck’s Row

Our Jack the Ripper TV channel enables you to watch short clips of the numerous films and documentaries we have, over the years, shot on the streets of Whitechapel and Spitalfields.

Yesterday I listed the various changes that have taken place in the vicinity of Buck’s Row (which is now called Durward Street) where Mary Nichols, the first victim of Jack the Ripper was murdered on August 31st 1888.

Today I thought I’d present a short film of the murder site and let you seen for yourself what the murder site looks like today.

This clip is taken from the drama/documentary Unmasking Jack the Ripper, which you can, if you wish, purchase from our on-line shop.

The clip begins with a view of the Board School that I spoke of in yesterday’s blog and it shows you the exact site where the body of Mary Nichols was discovered by a carter named Charles Cross who was on his way to work along Buck’s Row at around 3.40am when he stumbled upon the body of Jack the Ripper’s first victim lying in a gateway.

Interestingly Buck’s Row itself also became a victim of Jack the Ripper in that its residents became ashamed of the sudden notoriety that the murder of Mary Nichols had thrust upon them and were also annoyed by the antics of their postman who used to take a ghoulish delight in knocking on their doors and shouting things like “number 5 Killer Row I believe” that they petitioned the local council to change the name. 

The local council duly obliged and today Buck’s Row, where the first jack the Ripper murder occurred is now called Durward Street.