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10 Rillington Place | 1971

Richard Fleischer's grim and sober account of real-life mass-murderer John Christie, and the wrongful hanging of Timothy Evans, filmed its exteriors in Rillington Place itself (though not at the actual house), before the notorious street was demolished and renamed.

The cul-de-sac, in the Ladbroke Grove area of Notting Hill, West London, became Ruston Close, later Ruston Mews, W11. The area has been completely redeveloped to be unrecognisable as Bartle Road although, on the south side between numbers 8 and 10, a small memorial garden now occupies the site once occupied by the house.

Under suspicion for the murders of his wife and young baby, the easily manipulated Evans (John Hurt) disappears back to his home village in South Wales, arriving at Merthyr Vale Railway Station. The cafe in which he sits pondering his plight has been redeveloped as the Merthyr Vale Stores on Gray's Place at Station Square, immediately north of the station.

Too late for the tragic Evans, the evidence eventually leads to the shocking crimes of his landlord at Rillington Place, John Christie (Richard Attenborough).

Going on the run in London, the real killer is finally recognised and apprehended on the River Thames waterfront, beneath the Star and Garter pub, immediately west of Putney Bridge, SW15, southwest London.