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Old January 9th, 2015, 06:44 AM   #11
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An interesting point about Mitre Square. The square itself is private property, or was when I worked there 50 years ago. The street lighting 50 years ago was provided by the City of London as it was a public thoroughfare but would that have been the case in 1888? IIRC there were three street lamps in the square at that time but who back then was responsible for them?
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Old January 11th, 2015, 09:02 PM   #12
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As per Neil's article (Ripperologist # 58),

"Three gas lamps provided light in Mitre Sq:
1. A fixed wall gas lamp was situated on Williams & Co's corner wall located in Mitre St. This lamp gave little light into Mitre Sq. but did illuminate the street entrance into the square.
2. A freestanding lamp was located 18 feet outside Kearly and Tonge's north west warehouse and 26 feet from t5heir north east warehouse.
3. The third lamp was another lamp fixed attached to K and T's north east warehouse at the corner of Church Passage, just at the point where the passage widened from 5 to 18 feet."

The article goes on to discuss, with the aid of a gas light expert, just how bright those lights were. Basically, it was pretty dark!
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Old January 15th, 2015, 09:50 AM   #13
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I found it interesting, when reading the link below, that the Committee were going to write a letter of complaint to the gas company which supplied gas lighting to the streets of Whitechapel.

The complaints included broken glass in the lamps, defective burners and dirty lamps. Gas light only provides a small pool of light to the immediate surroundings anyway, and with these deficiencies who knows how much light was cast.
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Old January 15th, 2015, 10:04 AM   #14
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I think in "The Six Napoleons" the busts were broken beneath street lamps so that the shards could be searched properly.
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Old January 15th, 2015, 08:27 PM   #15
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Quick run to re-read 'The Six Napoleons'!

Conan Doyle is quite vague about descriptions of locale sometimes, but the place where Beppo was apprehended seems to have been a prosperous neighbourhood with houses in their own grounds. Holmes sits on the doorstep of Josiah Brown's house to examine the shards, with the fanlight of the door shedding light from inside.

In prosperous streets, in the West End for example, weren't there groups of lights, (like candelabra,) sometimes, very different from the poorer quarters of London.
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Old January 15th, 2015, 08:32 PM   #16
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I should think they'd have more amenities of every description, yes.
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