Even though I find it hard to believe anyone could be engaged in a deadly vendetta against a moribund organisation like the Metropolitan Board of Works (which technically no longer even existed by the time of the '89 murders) it's still fascinating, and I certainly appreciate the work that's gone into pulling it together.
Great stuff Jerry.
Hi Joshua and thanks!
Actually, the Whitechapel Board of Works was still in existence and operating under the same name even after the formation of the London County Council on March 21st, 1889 (the first official meeting as the LCC).
Whitechapel District (Wkipedia)
Until 1889 the district was in the county of Middlesex, but included in the area of the Metropolitan Board of Works. In 1889 the area of the MBW was constituted the County of London, and the district board became a local authority under the London County Council.
Here are some reports referring to them as such in 1889 during the murders and also in February 1891 near the Coles murder.
The Eastern Post & City Chronicle
Saturday, 20 July 1889.
THE Whitechapel District Board of Works must consider at its meeting on Monday the advisability of passing a vote of condolence with the "imaginative" young man of the Daily Telegraph, who has had the audacity to state that the lighting in Castle Alley is somewhat faulty. The probability is, the writer has never seen Whitechapel, and if he has, it was with the eyes of a pessimist. "Go to a nunnery, go," thou irresponsible scribbler, for thou art as surely mad as young Hamlet himself.
East London Advertiser
Saturday, 21 February 1891.
WHITECHAPEL DISTRICT BOARD OF WORKS.
THE NEW MORTUARY BEGUN.
"MURDER" MYSTERIES ONCE MORE.
This Board met on Monday, at the offices, Great Alie-street, Mr. George Ilsley in the chair, and the following members present:- Messrs. Catmur, Boswell, Rycroft, Van Thal, Hensley, W. C. Johnson, Sparks, Hall, Chillingworth, Bamberger, Karamelli, Harris, Snell, Barham, Legg, Tarling, L.C.C., Barber, Hamilton, Peters, Tate, Wines, Lashmar, and the Rev. J. H. Scott.
Some of the same members of the Board were present in 1891 as were in 1888.
The Metropolitan BoW held a lot of weight and were quite the bullies from reports I have read. Shortly before they were to relinquish power to the LCC they pushed through certain construction projects that the LCC was opposed to. They were also the recipient of a lot of criticism as well as the dishers out of some. The BoW was very critical, for example, of the way the police were handling the whole ripper series even writing a letter to Sir Charles Warren. On the other hand, a common theme is they were criticized for poor lighting in the district of the East End, especially.
During the inquest of Alice McKenzie a rider was added at the end of the inquest demanding Castle Alley be opened up to Whitechapel Road.
The jury, after a short deliberation, returned a verdict of "Wilful murder against some person or persons unknown," and added a rider endorsing the remarks of the Coroner, and requesting him to forward a recommendation to the County Council, and the Whitechapel District Board of Works to open up Castle-alley to the Whitechapel High-street as a thoroughfare.
This archive does not have the records for 1888 for some reason. The newspaper reports carried some of the proceedings for 1888, however. The Whitechapel District seemed to meet on Mondays. I will post some of those reports at a later time.