JACK THE RIPPER WALKING TOUR MAP

TRACK THE RIPPER

Our Jack the Ripper tour map features the main sites connected with the Whitechapel Murders and can be used to trace the route of the walk by those who have taken our walking tour.

Alternatively, if you wish to plan you own walk around the main locations connected with the Jack the Ripper murders, you can use the map to plot your route and ensure you don't miss any of the major sites.

To build up and image of the various Jack the Ripper locations then and now you might wish to use our walking tour map in conjunction with our Jack the Ripper photos, so that you can view the locations as they were in 1888 and as they appear today.

You might also like to use it to follow our virtual tour, or to identify specific locations that are covered by our various documentaries.

A Jack the Ripper Walking Tour Map.

Map © Richard Jones (From Uncovering Jack the Ripper's London)

Key To The Jack The Ripper Map

1) Former Commercial Street Police Station

This building, which is now flats, was the police station where several of the police officers who investigated the Jack the Ripper murders were stationed.

2) The Site Of Mary Kelly's Murder
Formerly Dorset Street

Dorset Street, where Mary Kelly was murdered on 9th November 1888, was swept away by redevelopment in the Spitalfields area in the late 1920's.

Dorset Street, scene of the murder of Mary Kelly.

Dorset Street, 1888

The former line of the street is now marked by a service road that runs alongside the northern side of the White's Row Car Park.

Since 2012 this service Road has been closed off to the public, but by standing at its Commercial Street end you can see enough to glean something of what the thoroughfare would have looked like in 1888.

You can also, when the White's Row Car Park is open, ascent to its top storey and look down on the service road, as well as getting some great views of the surrounding streets.

3)Annie Chapman's Murder Site
Hanbury Street

At the time of her murder, which took place on the 8th September 1888, Annie Chapman was actually staying at a lodging house on Dorset Street.

Hanbury Street scene of Annie Chapman's murder.

Hanbury Street, 1888

Unfortunately, on the evening of 7th September, she had lacked the money to pay for her bed for the night and was escorted from the premises.

Her body was found at 6am on 8th September, in the backyard of 29 Hanbury Street.

This building, together with all the other houses and properties that lined the north side of Hanbury Street, was demolished in the 1960's and was replaced by the, somewhat unsightly, Truman brewery building.

4) Mary Nichol's Murder Site, Durward Street, Formerly Buck's Row

In 1888 what is now Durward Street was called Buck's Row.

Buck's Row scene of the murder of Mary Nichols.

Buck's Row, 1888

It was in a dark gateway in this Whitechapel thoroughfare that, at approximately 3.40am on 31st August 1888, Charles Cross discovered the body of Jack the Ripper's first victim Mary Nichols, who is now considered to have been the first victim of Jack the Ripper.

Soon after the murder, the residents of Buck' Row became somewhat ashamed of their sudden notoriety and, it is said, so annoyed by their postman who used to take a ghoulish delight in shouting out words to the effect of, "number 9 Killer's Row, I believe" that they petitioned the council and had the name changed to Durward Street.

Today, Durward Street is undergoing a major transformation with the Whitechapel Crossrail Station being constructed across the road from the murder site.

5) Former Working Lads Institute, Whitechapel Road

A few doors along from the entrance to Whitechapel Underground Station still stands the former Working Lads Institute. Indeed, if you stand by the road and look up, you will ne able to discern this name still emblazoned on its upper storey.

It was in this building, in 1888, that the Coroner, Wynne Baxter, presided over the inquests into the deaths of several of the victims of Jack the Ripper.

6) Site Of The Attack On Emma Smith, Osborne Street

Contemporary reports from 1888 describe Osborne Street as "the dirty narrow entrance to Brick Lane" and, to be honest, that description, more or less, still holds true today!

Osborne Street scene of the murderous attack on Emma Smith.

Osborne Street, 1888

It was at its junction with Wentworth Street and Brick Lane that, in the early hours of 3rd April 1888, a local prostitute by the name of Emma Smith was attacked by a local gang.

Although she survived the initial attack, her injuries were severe and she late died in hospital.

It is highly unlikely that Emma Smith was a victim of Jack the Ripper. But her murder is significant in that hers is the first name to appear on the Whitechapel Murders File.

7) Martha Tabram's Murder Site
Gunthorpe Street, Formerly George Yard

In 1888, the East London Advertiser described George Yard as "one of the most dangerous streets in the locality".

George Yard, scene of the murder of Martha Tabram.

George Yard, 1888

It was on the first floor landing of an apartment block, George Yard Buildings, which used to stand on the left side of the northern end of the thoroughfare, that, at a little after 5am on 7th August 1888, John Saunders Reeves found the body of local streetwalker Martha Tabram.

Whether or not the murder of Martha Tabram was the work of the serial killer who later became known as Jack the Ripper is still the subject of debate amongst ripperologists.

8) Site of the Murder of Catherine Eddowes
Mitre Square, City of London

Since Mitre Square is in the City of London, the fact that Jack the Ripper chose this as the scene for his fourth murder, that of Catherine Eddowes on 30th September 1888, meant that a second police force then became involved in the hunt for the perpetrator of the Whitechapel Murders.

Mitre Square, scene of the murder of Catherine Eddowes.

Mitre Square, 1888

Catherine's body was found in south-west corner of Mitre Square by beat officer PC Watkin's as he entered the square at 1.45 am.

Today, Mitre Square is undergoing a great deal of re-development, albeit the flower bed, that, today, stands in its south-west corner, marks the site of the murder and, in some ways, provides an unintentional memorial to Catherine Eddowes.

9) Former Leman Street Police Station

The majority of the officers who investigated the Jack the Ripper crime spree, were stationed at Leman Street Police Station.

Indeed, press reports that talk of various suspects being held on suspicion of having committed the crimes, talk of those suspects being held at Leman Street Police Station.

Of these, perhaps the most significant was John Pizer, who was brought to Leman Street Police Station for questioning by Sergeant William Thicke at the height of the "Leather Apron" scare in early September 1888.

10) Murder Site Of Elizabeth Stride
Henriques Street, Formerly Berner Street

Berner Street, scene of the murder of Elizabeth Stride.

Berner Street, 1888

After an absence of a few weeks, Jack the Ripper committed his third murder, that of Elizabeth Stride, in the early hours of the 30th September 1888.

Her body was discovered at 1am by Louis Diemshutz as he turned his pony and cart into Dutfield's Yard, off Berner Street.

Diemshutz was the steward of a club that sided onto Dutfield's Yard, and his first thought on finding a prone woman in the dark yard was that it was his wife and she was drunk.

He, therefore, went in to the club to check and found his wife alive and well.

There is a probability that Diemshutz actually interrupted Jack the Ripper in the act of murdering Elizabeth Stride, and that his decision to leave the scene and go into the club to check on his wife gave the killer those vital few seconds that he needed to make good his escape and flee, undetected, into the Whitechapel night.

Discover Jack the Ripper's London

and Plan Your Own Tour

Our map features almost all the relevant sites that are related to the Whitechapel Murders and you can use it to plot your own route around the East End of London, an area that is truly fascinating historically, in addition to its links with the most infamous crime spree of all time.

You can also use the map to trace out the route that we take on our nightly Guided Walking Tour, either to plot out where you will be going on the walk, or to retrace your footsteps when you return from the tour.

In short, our Jack the Ripper tour map is just one of the many resources that we make available - such as photos, videos and historical studies - that will enable you to study this fascinating case in detail and, in so doing, acquire an enhanced understanding of a mystery that has been both baffling and fascinating people for more than 125 years.