White Hart

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The 'White Hart' in 2009 (J Bennett).

Public House, 89 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7RA.

Apparently established in 1721, the current building dates from the 19th century. The proprietor in 1888 was George Cross.[1]

The 'White Hart' is situated on the north side of Whitechapel High Street by the covered entrance to Gunthorpe Street. In 1890, Ripper suspect Severin Klosowski (aka George Chapman) was working as a barber in the cellar of the pub, firstly as an assistant and later as the proprietor.[2]

Originally a two-bar pub (saloon and public), its layout has changed little despite having alterations made in 1938 and 1969. There was also a private entrance to the upstairs accommodation, accessible from a door in Gunthorpe Street[3]. For a brief period in the mid-1990's it was renamed 'Clutterbuck's'.

It appears happy to publicise its associations with both Klosowski and its proximity to the murder site of Martha Tabram; on the exterior wall in Gunthorpe Street is a descriptive plaque ("Who was Jack the Ripper?") and the interior has a number of decorative signs which refer to the murders, albeit with some mistakes.


  1. Trade directories, 1825-1934
  2. The Jack the Ripper A-Z; Paul Begg, Martin Fido and Keith Skinner (Headline 1996)
  3. Applications for interior alterations, GLC/AR/BR/07/1668 (London Metropolitan Archives)