MANOR PARK CEMETERY – GRAVE OF ANNIE CHAPMAN
While two of the Ripper’s victims are buried in the nearby City of London Cemetery, Annie Chapman, who has murdered on Hanbury Street on 8 September 1888, was buried at the Manor Park Cemetery. Here you can see the memorial plaque for the second victim of Jack the Ripper.
How is Manor Park Cemetery connected to the Jack the Ripper crimes?
The body of Annie Chapman was discovered in the backyard of 29 Hanbury Street on 8 September 1888. As was the case with the funeral of the first Ripper victim Mary Nichols, every effort was taken to keep the arrangements a secret to prevent the public from learning the time or place of her burial. That meant only the police, the undertaker and the family knew anything about it.
Shortly after 7am on 14 September 1888, a hearse pulled up outside the mortuary in Montague Street and the body was quickly removed. At 9am, the mourners made their way to the Manor Park Cemetery, which was the family’s chosen place of internment. No public attention was attracted and the service was performed in an ordinary manner.
Where is Manor Park Cemetery?
The Manor Park Cemetery on Serbert Road, Forest Gate in the north-east of the city is best reached by overground as there is no nearby tube station. From the city centre, take a train from Liverpool Street Station to Manor Park Station. On exiting the station, turn right onto Whitta Road and you will come to the gates of the Manor Park Cemetery.
Once you’ve entered the cemetery you will see two trees on your left. Walk along the grass path that begins between these two trees. You’ll see that the modern graves will start to give way to an area of older graves on the left. This is where you’ll find the memorial plaque to Annie Chapman.
Nearby attractions include the London Sri Murugan Temple, which is just 0.5 miles away, and Mile End Park, a lovely park with a surprising amount to see and do.
Information and facts About Manor Park Cemetery
Today, Manor Park Cemetery has more than 387,000 internments over 43 acres. Although not included as part of our Jack the Ripper tour, Manor Park Cemetery is a site you can visit yourself. It is open from 9am to 5pm (last admission 4.30pm) in October – March, and 9am to 7pm (last admission 6.30pm) in April – September.
Manor Park Cemetery was opened in 1875, with the first burial of a Mr William Nesbitt taking place on 25 March. This is a grave you can still see on the right side of Remembrance Road. Other historic graves include John Travers Cornwell VC, who died from the wounds he suffered during WWI at the age of 16. He was the youngest recipient of the Victoria Cross, an honour he received for staying at his post in the Battle of Jutland in 1916.
Also buried here was John Clinton, the “boy hero”, who was drowned in the Thames on July 16th 1894 whilst trying to save a companion from drowning.
There is also a royal connection, with a large memorial to Mary Orchard, a much-loved nanny to the children of Princess Alice.