What is so special about The Ten Bells Pub in the east end of London and why have East End Tours added it to the list of pubs they visit on the East End Pub Tour?
The Ten Bells is not a normal, everyday pub – it was once the drinking hole of the infamous murderer Jack the Ripper and some of his victims during the times of the Whitechapel Murders.
Annie Chapman was a victim of the Jack the Ripper killings and it is reported that she was drinking at The Ten Bells at 5am on the day she was murdered. It was said that a disgustingly hideous looking man put his head around the door and beckoned her outside to work her services on him for payment.
On the 8th November Elizabeth Foster gave evidence that she was in The Ten Bells pub with Mary Jane Kelly before she was murdered. Mary Jane Kelly left The Ten Bells pub at 7.05pm to look for work as a prostitute, this was the last time she was seen alive before later being brutally murdered by Jack the Ripper.
Prostitutes and drinking were something that went hand in hand during the 1880s and 1890s, most prostitutes worked so they could afford to feed their alcohol addiction whereas others worked to pay their rent that they had spent on buying alcohol. Due to location of the victims homes being so near to be The Ten Bells it is extremely likely that all of the Jack the Ripper victims drank in this pub at some time.
The Ten Bells pub is one full of history and mystery and this is why it has been chosen by East End Tours as one of the places to take visitors. If you would like to know more about the history of pubs in the East End then why not book yourself onto an East End Tour?