There is no doubt about it, I love learning about London history, the little bits that affected ordinary people’s lives, not all the big newsy political stuff, but how people lived, people who we could have been related to, who lived a few generations back. Times were indeed very hard in Victorian days for working class men and women and each time I visit Spooks Blackburn’s ‘Whitechapel 1888’ sim I learn a little bit more about the real streets of London Town.
Spooks has done some great research and this time I learned the history of a gin house called The Frying Pan Public House, that was located at the corner of Brick Lane and Thrawl Street in the East end of London. One of Jack the Ripper’s victims Mary Ann Nichols had been a customer in the pub and was seen leaving there shortly before her body was found in Buck’s Row.
Spooks informative notice tells that the pub goes back to at least 1811 and the owner was Ann Pybus from Spitalfields.
It was a regular haunt of prostitutes during the 19th and early 20th centuries. So poor Mary Ann had left the pub that night and three hours later her body had been discovered, if only Mary Ann could tell us who the mysterious Jack was.
The real pub is no more, it closed down in 1991 and has been opened as a balti restaurant, but you can visit the SL pub in Whitechapel 1888. Spooks shows pictures of the real building and you can still see the name of the original pub on the outside.
You can leave Spooks a message as well while you are visiting Whitechapel, there is a soapbox you can stand on and recite how you feel about this great sim. I did leave a message as I stood on the soapbox shouting it out for everyone to hear! While you are there check out Spook's brilliant store as well, he makes some wonderful Victorian furniture and other items.
Thanks Spooks for this a great insight into London lives.