Women of the Abyss – the Victims of Jack the Ripper

Aldgate tube station, Aldgate High Street exit

Guided by Ulrike

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
31 August 2024 Tour du Jour 10.45 am 12.45 pm Summer Reserve Online
8 September 2024 Tour du Jour 10.45 am 12.45 pm Summer Reserve Online

Come and join me, Ulrike, on my tour through Whitechapel to discover the other side of the Jack the Ripper story.

There are no murders without victims, and before they were victims, “the Five” were women with lives more difficult than we can imagine.

I am going to introduce you to these five women. I’m not going to talk about their deaths. I’m going to talk about their lives. The tragic turns and decisions in their lives that led them to “the prototype of hell” –  Whitechapel and Spitalfields in the 1880s.

Jack London called the Victorian East End of London the Abyss, the pit of hell, once you fell in, there was no way out. It was an area of squalor and destitution at an unimaginable level.

Come with me and meet Polly…

And Annie…

And Elizabeth…

And Kate…

And Mary Jane…

See where they existed.  The streets and alleyways they knew.

Where things closed in on them. See and imagine what it felt like to be lost, forgotten, out at the edge – on the very margin of the richest society on eath. Where despair was writ in the very fabric of their surroundings. And imagine how brave they must have been trying to keep it at bay. Their lives mirrored those of millions of other Victorian women.  Let’s give them a face, a voice and let us not define them only by their deaths.


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