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The Siege of Sidney Street by Don Rumbelow

Free Lunchtime lecture by the author Don Rumbelow. Three policemen shot dead, ongoing siege - is this London today? No - this was London 100 years ago!

The origins of the Siege of Sidney Street lie almost exactly 100 years ago in January 1909. An attempted wage snatch in North London led to a tragic running battle known as the Tottenham Outrage. Two years later, the same gang of revolutionaries tried to rob a jeweller’s shop in Houndsditch but in fleeing from the City police three officers were killed and two more seriously wounded. After an intense search, armed police surrounded a house in Stepney where the siege began. The events that followed included anarchists, army troops – and Winston Churchill.
Don Rumbelow is a former City of London policeman who has written extensively about crime in London, and in particular about the Siege of Sidney Street and about Jack the Ripper. Now retired, he still writes and also conducts evening Ripper tours around the East End of London.


Don Rumbelow | talks


Date and Time:

20 January 2009 at 12:30 pm


30 minutes



Shoe Lane Library
Hill House
1 Little New Street
020 75837178

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Contact: 020 7583 7178 or shoelane@cityoflondon.gov.uk


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