Whitechapel: crime, policing and the inner city

Tour Introduction

For those studying the historic environment of Whitechapel c1870-1900, Anglia can offer a one-day tour exploring the streets of the murky netherworld bordering the City of London and the East End. The tour will consider themes such as:

  • housing and overcrowding
  • unemployment and poverty
  • immigration and segregation
  • problems caused by alcohol and prostitution
  • protection rackets, gangs, and violent demonstrations
  • policing the slum area of Whitechapel

Focusing on the case study of the Jack the Ripper, the tour will include a detailed examination of investigative policing in Whitechapel, taking in developments in techniques of detective investigation, including the use of sketches, photographs and interviews; problems caused by the need for cooperation between the Metropolitan Police, the City of London Police and Scotland Yard and the added problems caused by an unprecedented threat and its terrifying reality.

Tour Information


  • UK & Ireland

Key Locations:

  • Liverpool Street / Bishopsgate
  • Artillery Passage
  • Brune Street Soup Kitchen
  • Toynbee Hall
  • Christ Church, Spitalfields
  • Hanbury Street

Transport Options:

  • Walking Tour


  • 1 day

The best part of the tour
for me was the excellent
guides and their interaction
and engagement with the

Beauchamps High School

Topics Supported

This tour is specifically designed to support:

Thematic Study with Historic Environment: Whitechapel c1870-c1900 crime, policing and the inner city

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