Welcome to The Whitechapel Society

The Whitechapel Society 1888 is a historical society that promotes the study of the Whitechapel murders and the social impact that this event had on the East End of London at that time.

Victorian and Edwardian life and culture in the East End of London also feature in the interest of the Society along with other true crime events that are often intertwined with the Whitechapel murder and the East End in general.

Next meeting

Saturday 7th December

WS Xmas weekend

Ripper Street

with Damian Barcroft, Keith Skinner & Adam Wood

Saturday 7th December is the scheduled two-monthly meeting. This will take place at The Crutched Friar, EC3N 2AE. However, before the actual meeting which will start at 7pm as usual, at 6pm it is the society’s AGM to which all members are warmly invited. Further details can be seen on page 21.After the AGM we welcome not one, not two but three speakers! Damian Barcroft, Keith Skinner and Adam Wood invite you to a Discourse on the Acclaimed TV Series, Ripper Street.As always, entry to the meeting is free for members and guests pay £5.During the course of the evening there will be an auction to raise money for charity in memory of Martin Fido. Items up for auction will be advertised via email, our Facebook page and our website prior to the auction. Anyone wishing to place a bid but not able to attend can possibly arrange for a telephone-buddy.
On Sunday 8th December, for those members who are interested, will meet at The Old Operating Theatre & Herb Garret in St Thomas Street, Southwark at 10:30am. At 11am until 12noon there will be a talk on Victorian Surgery. The theatre only holds about 45 people and members of the public will also be there, so early booking is strongly advised. Tickets are now on sale – please use this link:


Select date.Choose Sunday 8th Dec 2019 11am-12noon.Tickets are £7:50 each – be sure to have your credit card to hand.
After this visit there is a 3-course Christmas meal at The Chamberlain Hotel. Price for this meal is £29.95 per person. We sit down at 1pm.It is not necessary for you to have gone to The Old Operating Theatre in order to access this part of the weekend. Similarly, if you choose to visit the Old Operating Theatre, you are not obliged to also have the meal.V/G/DF/GF options are available.The choices are:Starters: London Porter Smoked Salmon; Chicken Parfait; Curried Roasted Romanesco Soup; Wild Mushroom & Fried Duck Egg; Tempura Prawns.Mains: Turkey Breast; Duck Leg; Salmon en Croute; Braised Beef; Cumin Carrot & Wild Carrot Mouse.Desserts: Xmas Pud; Rhubarb Cheesecake; Poached Berries; Bread & Butter Pud; Chocolate Parfait.The meal must be ordered and paid for in advance.Methods of payment for the meal are as follows:

  1. Make an on-line payment into the Society’s bank account. Name of Acc: The Whitechapel Society. Sort Code: 20-75-01. Acc no: 83781976. Once you have done that, please email Sue and she will send you the link to pre-order your food.
  2.  Send a cheque made payable to The Whitechapel Society to: Beech Grove, Orchard Close, Norwich Rd, Fakenham. NR21 8HF. Sue will then email you the pre-order link.
  3. Make a paypal payment of £31.50 (£29.95 + £1.55 to cover paypal costs). Use subs@whitechapelsociety.com. Please then email Sue for the pre-order link.

Our after-lunch speaker is DR ELIZABETH YARDLEY. In her talk she will examine the reasons behind the public’s fascination with serial killers.
I’m afraid it will not be possible to attend this talk without also attending the meal.

Next interim meeting

See the WS interim page or contact Steve Rattey for details

Saturday 4th January