In the 1600s, Huguenot refugees settled in East End London neighborhoods of Bethnal Green, Shoreditch and Spitalfields. These Huguenots were silk weavers. During the East End’s growth of the 20th century it was not uncommon for women to work at home in their modest studios with various manufacturing endeavors. The “Whitechapel Murderer” was none other than Jack the Ripper, who terrorized the area during the 1800s when prostitution was another one of the professions practiced in London’s East End.
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