At Historical Footsteps Tours we believe in laying out the historical evidence for you without any theatrical hype. Each tour is tailor made to the clients requirements in terms of dates, times and duration.. Tours start from outside Whitechapel Undergroud Station.

During the late summer and autumn of 1888 a series of horrific murders took place in the East End of London that became known as the Whitechapel Murders.  The murderer, who was given the title of Jack the Ripper was never apprehended.  Relive this 'Autumn of Terror' with an Historical Footsteps walking tour through the streets of Whitechapel and Spitalfields.



Your tour will start by looking at the area in which some of Jack the Ripper's victims lived and you will walk through an archway that has not changed since 1888 into Gunthorpe Street to see the site of the building where possibly one of Jack's early victims Martha Tabram was brutally murdered on 7th August 1888. You will hear about Martha's life and the living conditions in the area at the time. We will then make our way to the site of the first of the accepted Ripper victims stopping en route at the building where Joseph Merrick (the Elephant Man) was exhibited in a freak show in 1889.

Our next stop will be in Durward Street (formerly Bucks Row) where at 3.40 am on 31st August 1888 the mutilated body Mary Ann Nichols was found. This murder is considered by many to be the first of the series of killings to be attributed to Jack the Ripper. You will hear about the police investigation, the public reaction, the press coverage and the suspects under suspicion.

Early on the morning of 8th September 1888 the killer struck again. At 6.00 am the mutilated body of Annie Chapman was found in the back yard of 29 Hanbury Street. We will make our way to the site where the house once stood and you will hear about Annie's life and the last days of her life. Your guide will also tell about the description of a man seen with Annie shortly before her death.

En route to the next murder site we will pass one of the public houses that was used by several of the killer's victims and it is possible that he met at least one of them there. We will also pass through streets and a passage way that remain in appearance very much as they did in 1888.

On 27th September 1888 the Central News Agency received a letter giving the killer his now famous name 'Jack the Ripper'.  Jack did not strike again until 30th September when it is believed that he killed twice within the space of an hour. Elizabeth Stride was killed first in Bernier Street. The site is now covered by a school playground and is some distance from the site of the second murder committed that night. Your guide will tell you about this murder. We next visit the site of the second murder that of Catharine Eddowes in Mitre Square. Although the Square has changed greatly since 1888 it is still possible to walk on the original cobbled street surface which has been preserved adjacent to the murder site. Catharine Eddowes mutilated body was found by PC Watkins at 1.45 a.m. just fifteen minutes after being seen by three witnesses talking with a man only a short distance from this spot. The killer had carried out the murder within minutes of a policeman walking his beat and escaped without being noticed.

You will next visit the place where the killer left his only clue.

Our final stop will be where the last commonly accepted Ripper victim Mary Jane Kelly was found by Thomas Bowyer whilst trying to collect her rent money at 10.45 a.m. on 9th November 1888. Mary was the only known victim to have been murdered indoors at her place of residence. The killer on this occasion gave full vent his feelings by severely mutilating her body. Many people believe that the murders now suddenly stopped.



Jack the Ripper was never caught. Why did he stop killing? Who were the main suspects? This tour will place the known facts before you and hopefully help you to form your own opinion as to the possible identity of this elusive phantom figure whose evil deeds and footsteps caused such panic in those long ago days in Whitechapel and the surrounding districts.


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