Annie Chapman, the second of the so-called “canonical five” victims of Jack the Ripper, was murdered on the morning of the 8th of September 1888.
Her body was discovered at 6am in the backyard of number 29 Hanbury Street.
HER FUNERAL AND BURIAL
She was buried on the 14th of September 1888 in Manor Park Cemetery, Serbert Road, Forest Gate, London.
In this article you will find full directions on how to visit the approximate location of her grave.
I say approximate because, as with all the victims, the area of her grave has long since been re-used, and so the actual grave itself – which was a public grave – no longer exists.
However, in 2008, the cemetery authorities marked the approximate site of the location of her grave with a plaque; and it is this that it is possible to visit.
FUNERAL OF ANNIE CHAPMAN
Great secrecy was maintained over the funeral arrangements, in order to prevent the public from learning either the time, or the place of her interment.
Later that day The Globe, published a brief report giving the known details of the funeral and burial:-
“The funeral of Annie Chapman, the last victim of the Whitechapel murderer, took place early this morning.
The utmost secrecy was observed in the arrangements, and none but the undertaker, the police, and the relatives of the deceased knew anything about it.
Shortly after seven o’clock a hearse drew up outside the mortuary in Montagu-street, and the body was quickly removed.
At nine o’clock a start was made for Manor Park Cemetery, the place selected by the friends of the deceased for the interment, but no coaches followed, as it was desired that public attention should not be attracted.
Mr. Smith and other relatives met the body at the cemetery, and the service was duly performed in the ordinary manner.
The remains of the deceased were enclosed in a black covered elm coffin, which bore the words:- “Annie Chapman, died September 8, 1888, aged 48 years.”
VISITING ANNIE CHAPMAN’S GRAVE
As already mentioned, since the grave no longer exists, visiting the exact location is an impossibility.
However, you can visit the memorial plaque that has been set up at the cemetery.
If you wish to visit the Manor Park Cemetery from Central London the best way to do so is to take a train from Liverpool Street Station and alight at Manor Park Station.
On exiting the station, turn left along Whitta Road, and, after a few minutes of walking, you will come to the gates of the cemetery.
DIRECTIONS TO THE PLAQUE
Go in through the gates, and keep ahead along the main path.
A little way along on the left, you will see two trees.
Turn left and walk ahead along a grass path that starts between them.
Just as the modern graves end, there is an area to the left that dips, and where the graves appear to be much older.
On the left as this happens you will see the memorial Plaque to Annie Chapman.
THIS PLAQUE IS DEDICATED TO
THE MEMORY OF
DIED 8th SEPTEMBER 1888
A victim of the infamous
JACK THE RIPPER
Her remains are buried within this area
OTHER VICTIMS GRAVES
To return to central London, simply backtrack to Manor Park Station and take a train back to Liverpool Street Station, or to Stratford, where you can change to the Central Line for direct tube trains to the West End of London.
However, if you wish to, you can also visit the memorial plaques to victims Mary Nichols and Catherine Eddowes, which are located in the City of London Cemetery, approximately ten minutes walk from Manor Park Cemetery.
DIRECTIONS TO THE CITY OF LONDON CEMETERY
To reach the City of London Cemetery, simply backtrack to Manor Park Station, but keep going past it to reach the end of Whitta road.
Turn left, keep ahead over Capel Road and when you reach the roundabout, cross over towards the white stone gate of the City of London Cemetery.
MANOR PARK CEMETERY OPENING HOURS
Monday to Friday: October to March 9am to 5pm (last admission 4.30pm); April to September 9am to 7pm (last admission 6.30pm).
Weekends and Public Holidays: October to March 10am to 4pm (last admission 3.30pm); April to September 10am to 6pm (last admission 5.30pm).
The address of the cemetery is – Manor Park Cemetery, Sebert Rd, Forest Gate, London E7 0NP.