Welcome to The Whitechapel Society

The Whitechapel Society is a long-established historical society, originally set up to study the murders of Jack the Ripper and to shine a light on the conditions under which the victims lived.
The Society has grown over the years to include experts in many aspects of Victorian and Edwardian East End life. Members past and present have produced some of the most respected books and papers on East End crime ever written, including Spring-heeled Jack, Jack the Ripper, the Kray twins and many more.

Next meeting

Saturday 2nd October

The Whitechapel Society is returning to live meetings at The Crutched Friar, the first being on Saturday 2nd October 2021. Members have received an email from Sue inviting them to attend the meeting in person, or register for the zoom link. Thank you to all of you who replied. If you intend being at The Crutched Friar or would like to receive the zoom link and haven’t already responded, please drop her an email.

The October edition of the Whitechapel Society journal will be with members in early October. This full colour bumper 100th edition has a Florence Maybrick theme, as October 2021 is the 80th anniversary of her death. This edition includes articles by Chris Jones, Sue Parry, Neil Watson, Steve Rattey, as well as information about the December event. If you are not already a member, join the Society before 30th September to receive this and future editions.

2021 Speakers and Events


Date Speaker Title
Sat 2nd October Chris Jones Motive, Opportunity & Means; did Florence Maybrick commit murder
Sun 5th December Angela Young Vice, Filth & Tragedy
Sat 5th February Helen Mathers Josephine Butler: Patron Saint of Prostitutes

Next interim meeting

Click here for the interim page or see the WS interim Facebook page or contact Steve Rattey for details.

Click on the image below to download a free sample of the highly respected Whitechapel Society journal.

December meeting and Xmas meal

Sunday 5th December 2021 – 12:30pm

The Chamberlain Hotel
£31 for 2-courses.
£36 for 3-courses.
Both options include tea/coffee and PayPal fee.
Once payment is made, members will be sent the link that enables them to make their menu selection – the menu is printed in full in the October journal.
Places must be paid for and menus selected by 19th Nov 2021.
Should Covid restrictions mean that the event has to be cancelled, refunds will be made once received from The Chamberlain Hotel.

Xmas meal payment

Select number of course required from list below and click 'Add to cart'.

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