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In the Footsteps of Jack the Ripper

15th July 2019

On Friday the History Department led 33 students on a trip to Whitechapel, site of the infamous Jack the Ripper murders of 1888.

Having recently started their study of Crime and Punishment Through Time, GCSE History students were touring the sites that became so well publicised in that terrible autumn in late Victorian England.

A study of ‘the Historic Environment’ covers London’s street crime, poverty, health, policing and conflict between different sections of society.

History teacher Charlotte Joyce said: “While we do examine a number of sources from the time, there is no substitute for actually visiting historic sites and hearing the stories when you are standing on the spot where events unfolded.”

Students took in the old police station that ran the manhunt, a street corner famous for a key piece of evidence as well as seeing the public house frequented by suspects, detectives and victims alike.

Dale, from Year 10, commented: “It was a brutal time but a really interesting visit.”

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