Online Resources

The Histories of Whitechapel project created by the Survey of London team details the history of this area of London from earliest times through to 2016. It is a searchable map with family history, photos, interviews, business histories, and film clips

Casebook: Jack the Ripper is perhaps the most comprehensive site on the topic edited by a group of devotees. It contains everything from transcriptions of a wide variety of primary sources to a wide variety of ephemera from games to podcasts to a newsletter.

For background on the Victorian period in general, the Victorian web is one of the oldest and most comprehensive sites about the Victorian era. It contains primary and secondary sources on art, politics, religion, technology and social life from the nineteenth century. Most work is curated by scholars.

The Dictionary of Victorian London is a collection of primary sources transcribed and organized by topic. The focus is on the social history of nineteenth-century London, and it has many documents on crime, poverty, and prostitution.

Main map of Whitechapel

* Ordnance Survey Maps, London, Five feet to the Mile, 1893-1896. Sheets VII. 57, 58, 67, 68. Accessed from the National Library of Scotland.

These maps form the basis of the interactive maps, overlaid with a contemporary google map of London.

* Charles Booth, Descriptive Map of London Poverty, 1889-1890. London School of Economics & Political Science.

* The Charles Booth poverty map was invaluable in multiple ways, chiefly to track down locations that no longer exist in contemporary London.

Jack the Ripper Resources

  • Abrahamsen, David. Murder and Madness: The Secret Life of Jack the Ripper. New York: D.I. Fine, 1992.
  • Begg, Paul. Jack the Ripper: The Definitive History. New York: Routledge, 2004.
  • Coville, Gary, and Patrick Lucanio. Jack the Ripper: His Life and Crimes in Popular Entertainment. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1999.
  • Curtis, L. Perry. Jack the Ripper and the London Press. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001.
  • Eddleston, John J. Jack the Ripper: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2001.
  • Haggard, Robert F. “Jack the Ripper as the Threat of Outcast London,” Essays in History 35 (1993): 1-18.
  • Hurren, Elizabeth. “Dissecting Jack-the-Ripper: An Anatomy of Murder in the Metropolis.” Crime, Histoire et Sociétés 20, No. 2 (2016): 5-30.
  • Hutchinson, Philip, Robert Clack, and Stewart P. Evans. The London of Jack the Ripper Then and Now. Revised edition. Derby: DB Publishing, 2010.
  • Palmer, Scott. Jack the Ripper: A Reference Guide. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow, 1995.
  • Pemberton, Neil. “‘Bloodhounds as Detectives’: Dogs, Slum Stench and Late-Victorian Murder Investigation.” Cultural & Social History 10, No. 1 (2013): 69-91.
  • Rance, Nicholas. “‘Jonathan’s Great Knife’: ‘Dracula’ Meets Jack the Ripper.” Victorian Literature and Culture 30, no. 2 (2002): 439–53.
  • Rumbelow, Donald. The Complete Jack the Ripper: Fully Revised and Updated. Croyden: Virgin Books, 2013.
  • Walkowitz, Judith R. “Jack the Ripper and the Myth of Male Violence.” Feminist Studies 8, no. 3 (1982): 543–74.
  • Warwick, Alexandra, and Martin Willis. Jack the Ripper: Media, Culture, History. Manchester University Press, 2007.
  • Werner, Alex, ed. Jack The Ripper and the East End. London: Chatto & Windus, 2008.
  • Witner, Sarah A. “‘Two and the Same’: Jack the Ripper and the Melodramatic Stage Adaptation of Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” Nineteenth Century Theatre & Film 42, no. 2 (2015): 174-194.

Contextual Academic Sources

  • Armstrong, Isobel. “Introduction: Space as Experience and Representation in the Long Nineteenth Century,” 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century 17 (2013)
  • ———. “Theories of Space and the Nineteenth-Century Novel,” 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century 17 (2013)
  • Ballhatchet, Joan. “The Police and the London Dock Strike of 1889.” History Workshop, no. 32 (October 1991): 54–68.
  • Bartley, Paula. Prostitution: Prevention and Reform in England\, 1860-1914. Routledge, 2012.
  • Beebe, Kathryne, Angela Davis, and Kathryn Gleadle. “Introduction: Space, Place and Gendered Identities: Feminist History and the Spatial Turn.” Women’s History Review 21, no. 4 (2012): 523–32.
  • Bivona, Daniel, and Roger B. Henkle. The Imagination of Class: Masculinity and the Victorian Urban Poor. Ohio State University Press, 2006.
  • Blackburn, Sheila. “Between the Devil of Cheap Labour Competition and the Deep Sea of Family Poverty?’ Sweated Labour in Time and Place, 1840–1914.” Labour History Review 71, no. 2 (2006): 99–121.
  • Bonderson, Jan. “Monsters and Moral Panic in London.” History Today 51, No. 5(2001): 30-36.
  • Bressey, Caroline. “The City of Others: Photographs from the City of London Asylum Archive.” 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century 13 (2011).
  • Bristow, Edward J. Prostitution and Prejudice: The Jewish Fight Against White Slavery, 1870-1939. Schocken Books, 1983.
  • ———. Vice and Vigilance: Purity Movements in Britain since 1700. Gill and Macmillan, 1977.
  • Calhoun, Craig J. Habermas and the Public Sphere. MIT Press, 1992.
  • Chesney, Kellow. The Anti-Society: An Account of the Victorian Underworld. Gambit, 1970.
  • Clark, Anna. The Struggle for the Breeches: Gender and the Making of the British Working Class. University of California Press, 1997.
  • Davis, Jennifer. “A Poor Man’s System of Justice: The London Police Courts in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century.” The Historical Journal 27, no. 02 (1984): 309–35.
  • Duffy, A. E. P. “New Unionism in Britain, 1889-1890: A Reappraisal.” Economic History Review 14, no. 2 (December 1961): 306–19.
  • Eade, John. “Adventure Tourists and Locals in a Global City: Resisting Tourist Performances in London’s ‘East End.’” In Tourism: Between Place and Performance, edited by Simon Coleman and Mike Crang. Berghahn Books, 2002.
  • Englander, David. “Policing the Ghetto: Jewish East London, 1880-1920.” Crime, Histoire & Sociétés / Crime, History & Societies 14, no. 1 (May 1, 2010): 29–50.
  • Feldman, David. Englishmen and Jews: Social Relations and Political Culture 1840–1914. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994.
  • ———. “Jews in the Eat End, Jews in the Polity, ‘The Jew’ in the Text,” 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century 13 (2011)
  • Feldman, David, and Gareth Stedman Jones. Metropolis, London: Histories and Representations Since 1800. Routledge, 1989.
  • Francis, Emma and Nadia Valman. “Introduction: Revisiting the Victorian East End,” 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century 13 (2011).
  • Gaffield, Chad. “Conceptualizing and Constructing the Canadian Century Research Infrastructure.” Historical Methods 40.2 (2007): 54-64.
  • Game, Ann and Rosemary Pringle. Gender at Work. London: Allen & Unwin, 1983.
  • Gilman, Sander. “‘I’m Down on Whores’: Race and Gender in Victorian London.” In Anatomy of Racism, edited by David Theo Goldberg. University of Minnesota Press, 1990.
  • Gunn, Simon, and Robert John Morris. Identities in Space: Contested Terrains in the Western City Since 1850. Ashgate, 2001.
  • Haggard, Robert F. The Persistence of Victorian Liberalism: The Politics of Social Reform in Britain, 1870-1900. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001.
  • Himmelfarb, Gertrude. The Idea of Poverty: England in the Early Industrial Age. New York: Knopf Press, 1984.
  • Hitchcock, Tim. “Confronting the digital or how academic history writing lost the plot.” Culture and Social History 10 (2013):9–23.
  • Howson, Joyce. “The Dock Strike of 1889.” Modern History Review 7, no. 3 (1996): 20–22.
  • Humphries, Jane. Childhood and Child Labour in the British Industrial Revolution. Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • Hurren, Elizabeth T. Protesting about Pauperism: Poverty, Politics and Poor Relief in Late-Victorian England, 1870-1900. Boydell & Brewer, 2007.
  • Jones, Gareth Stedman. Outcast London: A Study in the Relationship Between Classes in Victorian Society. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971.
  • Knowles, Anne Kelly, and Amy Hillier, eds. Placing history: how maps, spatial data, and GIS are changing historical scholarship. ESRI, Inc., 2008.
  • Koven, Seth. Slumming: Sexual and Social Politics in Victorian London. Princeton University Press, 2006.
  • Lee, Ying S. Masculinity and the English Working Class: Studies in Victorian Autobiography and Fiction. Routledge, 2007.
  • Lefebvre, Henri. The Production of Space. trans. by Donald Nicholson-Smith. Oxford: Blackwell, 1991.
  • Liu, Alan. “Where is Cultural Criticism in the Digital Humanities?” in Debates in the Digital Humanities, ed. Matthew K. Gold (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012): 490-509.
  • Mallinson, Charlotte. Ripped Whores and Heritage Tours: Dehumanisation of the Whitechapel Murder Victims. MA, University of Huddersfield, 2012.
  • Marks, Lara V. Model Mothers: Jewish Mothers and Maternity Provision in East London, 1870–1914. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994.
  • Massey, Doreen B. Space, Place, and Gender. University of Minnesota Press, 1994.
  • Mayne, Alan James Christian. The Imagined Slum: Newspaper Representation in Three Cities, 1870-1914. Leicester University Press, 1993.
  • Mearns, Gabrielle, “Long Trudges Through Whitechapel’: The East End of Beatrice Webb’s and Clara Collet’s Social Investigations,” 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century 13 (2011)
  • Nead, Lynda. Victorian Babylon: People, Streets and Images in Nineteenth-Century London. Yale University Press, 2005.
  • Newland, Paul. The Cultural Construction of London’s East End: Urban Iconography, Modernity and the Spatialisation of Englishness. London: Rodopi, 2008.
  • Nicholson, Bob. “Counting Culture; Or, How to Read Victorian Newspapers from a Distance.” Journal of Victorian Culture 17, no. 2 (June 1, 2012): 238–46.
  • ———. “The Digital Turn: Exploring the Methodological Possibilities of Digital Newspaper Archives.” Media History 19, no. 1 (February 2013): 59–73.
  • Parolin, Christina. Radical Spaces: Venues of Popular Politics in London, 1790-c.1845. ANU E Press, 2010.
  • Petrow, Stefan. Policing Morals: The Metropolitan Police and the Home Office, 1870-1914. Clarendon Press, 1994.
  • Phillips, Lawrence. A Mighty Mass of Brick and Smoke: Victorian and Edwardian Representations of London. Rodopi, 2007.
  • Phillips, Lawrence, and Anne Witchard. London Gothic: Place, Space and the Gothic Imagination. A&C Black, 2010.
  • Potts, Alex. “Picturing the Modern Metropolis: Images of London in the Nineteenth Century.” History Workshop Journal 26, no. 1 (1988): 28–56.
  • Rose, Gillian. Feminism & Geography: The Limits of Geographical Knowledge. U of Minnesota Press, 1993.
  • Ross, Ellen. Love and Toil: Motherhood in Outcast London, 1870-1918: Motherhood in Outcast London, 1870-1918. Oxford University Press, 1993.
  • ———. “‘Playing Deaf’: Jewish Women at the Medical Missions of East London, 1880-1920s.” 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century 13 (2011).
  • Rule, Fiona. The Worst Street in London. Ian Allan, 2008.
  • Schneider, Cathy Lisa. Police Power and Race Riots: Urban Unrest in Paris and New York. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014.
  • Scotland, Nigel. Squires in the Slums: Settlements and Missions in Late Victorian Britain. I.B.Tauris, 2007.
  • Shore, Heather. Artful Dodgers: Youth and Crime in Early Nineteenth-Century London. Boydell Press, 2002.
  • Tyner, James A. Space, Place, and Violence: Violence and the Embodied Geographies of Race, Sex and Gender. London: Routledge, 2012.
  • Walkowitz, Judith R. City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian London. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992.
  • Warf, Barney and Santa Arias, eds. The Spatial Turn: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Abingdon: Routledge, 2009.
  • White, Jerry. Rothschild Buildings: Life in an East End Tenement Block 1887–1920. London: Pimlico, 2003
  • ———. London In The Nineteenth Century: “A Human Awful Wonder of God.” Random House, 2011.
  • Witchard, Anne. “Bedraggled Ballerinas on a bus Back to Bow: the ‘Fairy Business.” 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century 13 (2011).
  • Wohl, Anthony S. The Eternal Slum: Housing and Social Policy in Victorian London. McGill Queen’s University Press, 1977.
  • Yelling, J. A. Slums and Slum Clearance in Victorian London. Routledge, 2012.
  • ———. “The Selection of Sites for Slum Clearance in London, 1875–1888.” Journal of Historical Geography 7, no. 2 (1981): 155–65.