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The Berner Street Area.

sketch of entrance to Dutfield's Yard from New York Herald

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This map deals with the area of Berner Street, the location of Elizabeth Stride's death.
The Third Canonical Victim.


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Northwest Corner of Fairclough & Berner Streets, 1909
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Berner Street is a residential street located in the Northern area of St. George's-in-the-East parish, near Whitechapel. It ran North-South from Commercial Road to Ellen Street, (two blocks south of Boyd Street). Berner Street ended at the London, Tilbury and Southern railway. It is crossed by Fairclough Street at its midpoint. Beyond Ellen Street lay the Swedish Church.

On Berner Street's Western-side, heading North of Fairclough Street, lay a public house, The Nelson, (#46, North-West corner of Fairclough & Berner Streets); Matthew Packer's greengrocer's shop (#44); a cottage (#42); a double-gated entry, leading to Dutfield's Yard; The International Workingmen's Educational Club (#40); residence of Barnett Kentorrich (#38), residence of Mrs Fanny Mortimer (#36)and more cottages, including Charles Letchford's residence (#30) and Edwin Sumner's greengrocer shop (#2). On Berner Street's Eastern-side (North of Fairclough), stood several houses with a board school (#25-41) at the North-East corner of Fairclough & Berner Streets. on the South-East corner of the junction was a dwelling house (#43).

On the South-West Corner of this junction was Henry Norris's chandler shop (#48, opposite The Nelson). On the Western-side of Berner Street heading South from Fairclough Street was William Marshall's residence (#64). On the Northern corner of Boyd & Berner Streets was the George IV public house (#68, owned by Edmund Farrow). Continuing South on the Western-side there was Louis Friedman's baker shop (#70), Jacob Lubin's greengrocer shop (#74), and a chemist, John Simkin (#82). There were 82 "numbers" listed on Berner Street at the time.

The International Workingmen's Educational Club (IWEC or the club) sat north of and adjacent to Dutfield's Yard. It was an old wooden house converted for use as a social club capable of holding over two hundred people. A stone office, consisting of two rooms, was added onto the rear of the club. One of those rooms was used by the editor of Der Arberter Fraint, and the other was used as a composing room. The front of the ground floor sported one window and door. The street entrance opened to a hallway which ran the length of the house. One door in the hallway led to the front room, used as dining room. A staircase leading to the first floor was in the middle of the hallway. Past the stairs, a door lead to the kitchen, (a rear ground floor room). Beyond that door, another door lead to a passage which ran along side the house. The first floor contained a room used for entertainment. The front of the room held a small stage. The only windows, three, looked out at the rear of the house. The room was decorated with plain benches, and several portraits hung on the walls. To the left of the IWEC's front entrance was Dutfield's Yard.

The yard was named after Arthur Dutfield, a manufacturer of vans and carts whose business lay to the west of the yard. Entrance into the yard from Berner Street was gained via a 9'-2" wide gateway, supporting two wooden gates which swung into the yard. A small man-door was set within one of the gates. Inside the gateway, a passage ran along the IWEC, leading to its rear entrance. Opposite of which were two lavatories. To the south of the yard was a house occupied by several tenants. Opposite the gateway was Walter Hindley's workshop for manufacturing sacks. Next to the workshop was an unused stable, which was next to the rear of the club. The yard had no light of its own. The light which emanated from the club's first floor fell more on the opposite cottages than into the yard. Light from the club's open kitchen door and from Der Arberter Fraint's offices fell further up the yard. For about eighteen feet inside the gateway, there was typically no light after sunset; yet, this area was not unfrequented.

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1. Charles Letchford
(30 Berner St)
2. Fanny Mortimer
(36 Berner St)
3. Barnett Kentorich
(38 Berner St)
4. IWEC (40 Berner St)
5. Dutfield's Yard
(murder scene)
6. Cottage (42 Berner St)
7. Matthew Packer
(44 Berner St)
8. The Nelson pub
(46 Berner St)
9. Henry Norris'
Chandler Shop
(48 Berner St)
10. Board School
(25-41 Berner St)
11. House (43 Berner St)

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For sources used, refer to the Time Line of the specific victim.

Many THANKS to the people who have contributed to this page:
Geographical assistance - Courtesy of The Viper.
Dutfield's Yard image - Courtesy of New York Herald.
Pub addresses - Courtesy of Ripperologist, issues #22 and #23.
88 detail map extract - Courtesy of Goad's Fire Plan via The Viper.
88 area map extract - Courtesy of G. Bacon's New Large-Scale Ordnance Atlas.
Re-touched composite photo of Berner Street - originals Courtesy of Stephen Thomas via Casebook.

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