Charles Booth Maps Descriptive of London Poverty 1898-9

The LSE Library has made free to download under an open licence a set of high resolution scans of all 12 sheets of the Charles Booth Maps Descriptive of London Poverty 1898-9.

Sheet 5, East Central District, shows the area covering much of the western edge of the East End, illustrating the way in which this supposed homogenous morass of deep poverty was actually comprised of an intricate patterning of many gradations of conditions, from ‘Vicious, semi-criminal’ to ‘Middle-class, Well-to-do’ (though Booth wrote that these were not the ‘servant-keeping classes’).

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