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More Pre-Worldcon Adventures

I had quite a bit of archive-y, research-y, rambly fun before Worldcon. As for London, beyond the Sherlock Holmes Museum, I managed to drop by the Museum of London (my photos are here) and several Holmesian spots, such as Arthur Conan Doyle's home on Upper Wimpole Street (where he wrote the first five Sherlock Holmes short stories), St. Bart's Hospital (where Holmes and Watson first met and, in the BBC's Sherlock, where Sherlock fell), etc.

Arthur Conan Doyle's home on Upper Wimpole Street in London. He wrote the first five Sherlock Holmes short stories here while practicing as an ophthalmologist. St. Bart's Hospital in London

In one of the most amazing experiences of my trip, I was privileged to get to spend an afternoon one-on-one in Whitechapel with noted Ripperologist Richard Jones. I've annotated my photos to try to explain where we went and why. (Alas, I didn't take photos inside the Royal London Hospital Museum and Archives, which was utterly fascinating.) Even if you're not specifically interested in the subject of Jack the Ripper and the Autumn of Terror, you may find the historical architecture worth a look.

Here is the "virtual tour" of Whitechapel I've constructed with my photos and explanations.

I'll leave you with a teaser: this is the beautiful tile work inside The Ten Bells Pub, which has been standing since 1752 and remains largely unchanged on the inside from its condition in 1888, when it reportedly served at least two victims traditionally attributed to Jack the Ripper, Annie Chapman and Mary Jane Kelly.


I'll be posting very soon about Worldcon/Loncon 3 itself. Thanks for letting me share! :)


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Aug. 23rd, 2014 03:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing! :-)
Aug. 23rd, 2014 03:34 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! :)
Aug. 23rd, 2014 04:05 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you had a wonderful time! I'm looking forward to viewing your Ripper tour. Thanks for sharing!
Aug. 26th, 2014 08:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! It was fantastic. I hope you like the photos.
Aug. 24th, 2014 09:35 pm (UTC)
It's lovely to see your photos - London may only be a couple of hours away by train, but it's still not somewhere I get to that often, and there's so much of it to see. :-)
Aug. 26th, 2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much!

Isn't that always the way? When something is close, we feel no need to rush and see it, because it will always be there. But when we're far from home, there's this urge to see everything we can, because who knows when we'll be there again! Thank goodness this wasn't my first trip to London (although the last was some years ago). I'd already removed at least some of the "required viewing" (The Tower, Westminster Abbey, Kensal Green Cemetery <- okay, maybe that last one is a "must see" only in my book, ha!) from my plate. I might've driven myself to collapse if I hadn't! As it is, I'm still pretty wiped out. ;)
Aug. 27th, 2014 11:56 am (UTC)
While there has been much oddball speculation on Jack the Ripper's true identity, it's in speculative fiction where you get the gloriously insane proposals. In Star Trek, it was a phobophagic entity. In Kolchak: The Night Stalker, it was an effectively immortal being that could only be hurt with electricity. In Nobunagun, it was Florence Nightingale. There are probably others just as over the top.
Aug. 28th, 2014 01:09 pm (UTC)
This is sooooo true! Great examples. When I was doing my "Jack the Ripper in SF" series for "Looking Back in Genre History" for StarShipSofa last year, I came across some wild ones!
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