On the 28th of June, 1887 a notorious murder took place at 16 Batty Street. Miriam Angel was murdered by Israel Lipski, who subjected her to the horror of having nitric acid poured down her throat. Lipski had then tried to commit suicide by drinking the acid himself, but he was found under the bed.
What happened on Batty Street in relation to the Jack the Ripper crimes?
Israel Lipski was tried and found guilty of the murder of Miriam Angel. He was executed for his crime in August 1887.
Although not directly linked to the crimes, the term “Lipski” became a term of abuse that was used by English residents towards the Jewish immigrants.
When Israel Schwartz saw Elizabeth Stride being attacked by a man on nearby Berner Street, just 15 minutes before her body was discovered, he crossed over the road to avoid the couple, as he thought he was witnessing a domestic argument and he didn’t want to get dragged into it. As he did so, he noticed a second man standing opposite. Somebody, Schwartz wasn’t certain who, then shouted out “Lipski” and Schwartz, terror-stricken, hurried away from the scene.
Where is Batty Street?
Batty Street is located just off Commercial Street in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, an area in and around which much of the Ripper activity took place. The nearest tube station to Batty Street is Aldgate East, which is just 6 minutes to the north-west.
Within a short walk of Batty Street there a number of top attractions, including Wilton’s Music Hall, which is London’s oldest and last surviving grand music hall and has regular guided tours. The Whitechapel Art Gallery is also just a 5-minute walk away.
What is Batty Street in the present day?
Batty Street is still a residential street in the Borough of Tower Hamlets on the eastern fringes of The City.
How has Batty Street changed since 1888?
Although Batty Street still has a number of residential properties, the rapid transformation of the area, particularly over the last couple of decades, has made it an increasingly popular location for businesses in the technology and media sector. There has also been an influx of trendy shops and restaurants.