As those of you who have taken are tour will know, we begin at a truly atmospheric locations that is situated at the heart of the area in which Jack the Ripper carried out his murderous reign of terror.
Within a few seconds of setting out we have passed through an old arch and have been pitched back in time to walk along a cobblestoned alley that really does have a sinister ambience.
The photograph below shows Whitechapel High Street as it was in 1888 when the Jack the Ripper murders occurred.
We actually begin our Jack the Ripper walk on the opposite side of the road from the line of shops shown in the photograph and, although almost all the buildings have been demolished the two arrows point to two locations that have survived.
The first arrow (the one over the shop canopy) is pointing to the arch through which our tour sets off to follow in the footsteps of Martha Tabram (murdered on 8th August 188), whose body was found on a first floor landing of a block of flats that used to stand at the top of the cobblestoned alleyway into which the archway leads .
The second arrow is pointing to the White Hart pub which stands right by the archway. It was in the basement of this pub that George Chapman, one of the Jack the Ripper suspects, worked as a barber in 1890.
Here is a close up of the archway and pub as they appeared in 1888.
And here’s how they appear today.
They really are true survivors from 19th century London and the days when Jack the Ripper prowled the shadows beyond them.