We’ll get the Jack the Ripper stuff out the way straight away. Yes, Whitechapel was the home to the infamous Jack the Ripper. No, we can’t offer any insight into who he was. What we can say is that Whitechapel has had a fascinating past that goes way beyond Jack, though!
Whitechapel High Street is the heart of Whitechapel and has been for many moons. It is believed that Whitechapel was named after a road that was named after a chapel of ease. This chapel’s earliest rector was in 1329, well, that is the earliest record. Around 1338, this church became the parish church of Whitechapel. For some reason, the name was then St Mary Matfelon. Sadly, this church suffered a lot of damage during the Blitz of London and had to be demolished in 1952. the site of this church and the graveyard is now a public garden.
Despite a somewhat dark past, Whitechapel has now become a centre of the art scene. Whitechapel Art Gallery, founded in 1901, is still going strong, providing Londoners and international onlookers with stunning art exhibitions. Whitechapel is now very much a cultural hub and a beautiful community that shows what London is known all over the world for; fancy stuff and great people!