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Jack the Ripper walk (part eight)
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Continue along White’s Row until the end. Opposite you, on the right, is the Providence Row Night Refuge and Convent ⓱

Providence Row Night Refuge and Convent: Annie Chapman stayed at the Refuge the night before she was brutally murdered by the Ripper. At the time of her murder she was probably trying to raise some money to pay for a bed for the following night.


Jack the Ripper walk (part eight)



Cross Crispin Street and continue ahead into Artillery Lane ⓲.

Artillery Lane: The house at no.56 dates from 1756 and is fine example of the style of housing at that time.
Directions: Keep to the left and continue ahead into the narrow lane, called Artillery Passage ⓳.

Artillery Passage: Walking down this Passage is like being transported back into Medieval London. Although the shops have been modernized inside, their original exteriors have been retained. During the time of the Ripper, a great deal of London’s housing and streets would have looked similar to this.

Go back down Artillery Passage. Turn left into Artillery Lane and turn first right into Gun Street. Walk to the end. Cross over Brushfield Street and continue on the right. On your left is Spitalfields Market ⓴. Straight ahead of you is the Parish Church of Spitalfields 21.

Spitalfields Market: Once the home of the London fruit exchange and wool exchange, which was opened in 1929. Today, the building is used as an indoor market with sports and catering facilities. There are refreshments and toilets inside Spitalfields Market.

Leave Spitalfields Market at the exit that leads to Christ Church of Spitalfields. Cross over Commercial Street at the traffic lights and immediately on the right is the Parish Church of Spitalfields 21.

Christ Church of Spitalfields: This Church was built in 1714 and would have been a common sight for both the Ripper and his victims, many of whom would walk along this stretch of road looking for clients. The Church was built by Nicholas Hawksmoor and was originally used by French Huguenots who lived in this area. In the graveyard many of the gravestones have French names.

On the corner of Fournier Street, adjacent to the Church, is the Ten Bells Pub 22.

Ten Bells Pub: This famous Pub, which was established in 1755, has had many connections with Jack the Ripper. The Pub would have been known and used by all the Ripper’s victims, not only as a place to drink, but also as a place of work. Many of the victims worked as prostitutes from inside this pub and would also stand outside looking for any passing trade. Annie Chapman, who was killed in Hanbury Street 23, was working as a prostitute in the Ten Bells Pub on the night she was murdered. It is almost certain that the man she met in the Pub and later left with, was Jack the Ripper himself. Today, the Ten Bells is a safe and friendly Pub. Why not stop here for a swift drink before continuing?

Turn into Fournier Street.

Fournier Street: This Street has changed very little from the days of the Ripper, except that the houses are in much better condition today. Many of the prostitutes in the 1880s would walk up and down this road trying to get some trade. Notice the houses on the left have window shutters; this is because, during the 18th century, French Huguenot immigrants lived in this area.


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