London is famous for its historical landmarks. It is one of the many things that makes this city so great. Be it a pub, a castle or an iconic structure, they all speak of countless tales of the era that made them the centre of attention, for good reasons and bad. Some of these structures are still operational today. One such landmark that immediately comes to mind is The Ten Bells. It was one of the most frequented places in the 1800s and today it serves as a public house and a major tourist attraction due to its indirect connection with the infamous Jack the Ripper saga.
The Ten Bells pub, commonly referred to as the Ten Bells, was a very famous pub in the East End in the 1800s. It was also one of the most frequented places in the area. It was made famous by its involvement in the Ripper murders. Some of the Ripper’s victims were last seen at The Ten Bells. In fact, it is theorised that the Ripper himself stalked the place to pick his victims.
Below are some interesting facts put together by thejacktherippertour.com that are associated with The Ten Bells.
- The Ten Bells originally stood on 12 Red Lion Street just a few metres away from its current location. The building was pulled down as part of a cutting operation to make way for Commercial Street back in 1851.
- Christ Church is adjacent to the Ten Bells pub, the only other surviving landmark from that era.
- The pub is featured in the famous Ripper movie “From Hell” starring Johnny Depp.
- In 1755, the pub was known as the Eight Bells Alehouse but its name was changed in 1788 to The Ten Bells because Christ Church installed a new set of chimes that comprised of 10 bells.
- The Ten Bells was linked to two of the victims of Jack the Ripper; Annie Chapman and Mary Kelly.
- The exterior of the building has been changed however, the interior is still the same.
- The pub underwent one name change from 1976-1988; it was renamed as “The Jack the Ripper” but after a long campaign it was given back its original name of Ten Bells.
- The Ten Bells was renovated again in December 2010 to fully display the pub’s Victorian heritage.
- The building was said to be a Grade II listed building in 1973. It stands today, more than 100 years after the Ripper saga, as one of the most visited sites in East End and Ripper tours.
Even to this day, the pub enjoys immense fascination amongst tourists and locals. Check out the Ten Bells when you take the Jack the Ripper tour. Some Ripperologists say the Ripper himself may have frequented the bar in his hunt for the next victim. Bottom line is you can’t come to the East End and not stop by the Ten Bells. It takes you back in time, to how life was in the 1800s.
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Richard Cobb is a industry expert on everything Jack The Ripper, he is also the founding partner of The Jack The Ripper Tour which has become extremely successful over the last 3 years.