Other Streets in Whitechapel

Aldgate East Station: This station was opened on 6 October 1884, and was on the District Railway extension from Mansion House to New Cross Gate. The present station is not on the original site, having been moved several hundred metres further east when the triangular junction at Aldgate was being enlarged. The new, and present,…

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Murder Sites

Bucks Row Bucks Row, the site of the murder of Mary Ann ‘Polly’ Nichols, now generally accepted as the first of the Ripper‘s victims, lay parallel to the Whitechapel Road just behind Whitechapel Underground Station (opened on 6th October 1884, a mere four years before Polly’s death) and led from Brady Street (whose name had…

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Streets of Whitechapel

The proliferation of streets carrying the same name in the Whitechapel area of the last century is quite extraordinary (though several had changed their names by 1888) – two White’s Rows, two North Streets, two John Streets, two Montague Streets, three Church Streets, three Devonshire Streets, three George Streets, and others, all within a very…

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Match Girls

The Match Box Manufacturers

The poor widow confessed that the match-box manufacture was not a paying trade. The poor people who work at it were rewarded for their labour at the rate of twopence-farthing for each complete gross. That was the gross price, if I may venture so to term it; but the net amount received was actually less.…

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