19th Century Watercolour Jack The Ripper Connection Berger & Co London
19th Century Watercolour Jack The Ripper Connection Berger & Co London
19th Century Watercolour Jack The Ripper Connection Berger & Co London
19th Century Watercolour Jack The Ripper Connection Berger & Co London
19th Century Watercolour Jack The Ripper Connection Berger & Co London
19th Century Watercolour Jack The Ripper Connection Berger & Co London
19th Century Watercolour Jack The Ripper Connection Berger & Co London
19th Century Watercolour Jack The Ripper Connection Berger & Co London
19th Century Watercolour Jack The Ripper Connection Berger & Co London
19th Century Watercolour Jack The Ripper Connection Berger & Co London
19th Century Watercolour Jack The Ripper Connection Berger & Co London
19th Century Watercolour Jack The Ripper Connection Berger & Co London

19th Century Watercolour Jack The Ripper Connection Berger & Co London

c. 1880 England

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The Rice Starch Works of Berger & Co Talwin Street and Grace Street Bromley by Bow London

A skillful oval watercolour of Berger & Co Rice Starch works which is now demolished. This was painted prior to the ‘Jack The Ripper Era’ and has strong connections. A fascinating piece of London history. One or two ancient extinct storm flies which can be removed, description verso

Size to include frame: H40cm L48.5cm
William Thomas Berger (1815–1899) was a Christian Starch manufacturer in London and owner of Samuel Berger & Co, a patent rice starch manufacturer, who became the first home (England) director of the China Inland Misson with James Hudson Taylor in 1865. At this time the headquarters of the mission agency was located at Saint Hill Manor in East Grinstead, England. As the Home Director he was responsible for editing the Occasional Paper of the China Inland Mission and carrying on the work of sending more missionaries to follow Hudson Taylor to China.

At the time of the Yangzhou riot that brought unwelcome notoriety to the mission activity in China, Berger had to defend Taylor and his group from the attacks of the British press. Often, he had to assume this role with little or no knowledge of the current events in China due to the delay in communication with the missionaries overseas.

The Bergers resigned due to failing health and also due to his personal convictions which were similar to Andrew Jukes (in conflict with the traditional Christian principles of the China Inland Mission) regarding the eternal punishment of non-Christians. He remained a faithful supporter of the mission and a friend of Hudson Taylor until his death.

Jack the Ripper Connection

https://www.jack-the-ripper-tour.com/generalnews/the-goswell-road-mystery/

On the evening of Thursday 18th January 1883, Mr Allen, the manager at the head receiving office of Carter, Paterson and Co. – a well-known railway and general carriers, based in Goswell Road on the north-east fringe of the City of London – became somewhat perturbed by a disagreeable odour that appeared to be emanating from a mysterious box that had, over the course of the previous month, caused some amount of difficulty for the company, as they had been unable to deliver it.

The box – which was described as being a “common deal box, and which measured about 2 feet long, 18 inches high, and about 18 or 20 inches in breadth” – had been deposited at the premises of Davies and Evans on the 11th December 1882. Davies and Evans was a general shop, located at 157 Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green in the East End of London, which operated as a branch receiving office for the carriage company.

The box bore the name of its manufacturer Samuel Berger and Co., Starch Works, Leonard-street, Bromley-by-Bow.”

On top of the box was a small piece of card addressed to “Mrs. Green, No. 24, Abbey-road, St. John’s Wood, N.W.”

On Thursday 18th January 1883, a disagreeable smell was observed emanating from the box and, by the evening, it was so bad that Mr Allen ordered that the lid be forced open. This was done and, to their horror, Mr Allen and his underlings found themselves staring at the body of a child which was “far advanced in decomposition.”
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