DID YOU KNOW?
The official Ripper tour passed through here for a good reason, or perhaps a bad one. Cast your mind back, if you will, to 1888 Victorian east London – the smells, the sounds and the sights all ringing the bell of poverty and desperate abjection. The district is swept under the carpet by the ruling elite and Chief Inspector Abberline is more crooked than the cobbles he rarely canvasses.
To add sinister to an already lethal cocktail, the snarling character of Jack The Ripper (the grandfather of our Jack, the Clipper) prowls the streets hunting temptresses to make his next victim.
Stop by our Toynbee Street branch and retrace the spine-chilling footsteps Britain’s most elusive killer took, and then find your way to the warm, welcoming chairs of our shop for an experience of lavish escapism.
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THE HISTORY OF SPITALFIELDS
What’s in the name?
A hospital and priory (St. Mary’s Spittel) gave the area its name in 1197. Accurately, the ‘Fields’ part of the name indicate the area was a rural one; however, this changed after the Great Fire of London in 1666 as traders began operating outside the City Walls.
What’s it known for? (Besides Jack The Clipper)
King Charles II gave royal permission in 1682 for a market to be held on Thursdays and Saturdays near Spital Square. It was a huge success, trade roared as Londoners grew an appetite for fresh fruit and vegetables. The Huguenots fleeing France brought their silk weaving skills to the area, establishing grand houses which are still visible in Fournier Street.
In 1880, Spitalfields was overwhelmingly Jewish with over 40 synagogues in the vicinity. 8 years later, the Ripper struck and the carved an eternal indent in the growingly scatty and scoundrel East End.