78 Wentworth Street

Whitechapel's Slum Sisters in the 1890s
Contributed by Clare_F on May 16, 2018

78 Wentworth Street should be Listed, being the only remaining example of the late nineteeth-century replacement buildings for the Jack-the-Ripper landscape: you can still see where it was attached to George Yard Buildings, where Martha Tabram was murdered. Not only that, but during the murders and until 1906, it was where the pioneer Whitechapel Salvation Army Slum Sisters lived and worked, as depicted in Margaret Harkness’ Captain Lobe (1889). Their first leader and social explorer, Captain James Cooke, though terrified by the murders, inspired his 'Lassies' to put their fight against poverty first, and has as much right to appear on the mural near the Salvation Army’s birthplace in Mile End Road as the more famous explorer Captain James Cook – who was murdered! Contemporary sketches of 78 in the Army’s press very clearly identify it with the present mini-shopping complex.

This is from The Social Gazette (1 Sept 1894). I wrote a feature on it in Salvationist (17 Sept 2016), called 'A Work to Stand Eternally', which is what I hope for the building.

78 Wentworth Street, with street art, August 2017
Contributed by Derek Kendall