Readings and maps

Booth maps on the internet

Charles Booth’s Descriptive Map of London Poverty 1889

Charles Booth’s Maps Descriptive of London Poverty, 1898-99 (and archive) See also LSE Flikr page with high resolution images of the map sheets

Historical maps of London

Other map portals

British Library/Crace Collection of Maps of LondonGreenwood’s Map of London 1827

John Snow’s London in 1859

Jewish East London, 1899

The Environs of London

Images of early maps on the web: England

Hull House Chicago data and mapping project c. 1895

Manchester historical maps

Selected further reading

Booth, Charles. 1893. Life and Labour of the People in London: First Results of An Inquiry Based on the 1891 Census. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society 56 (4):557-593.

Davin, Anna. 1996. Growing Up Poor: Home, School and Street in London 1870-1914. London: Rivers Oram Press.

Dorling, Daniel, and JRF. 2007. Poverty, wealth and place in Britain, 1968 to 2005: Bristol : Policy.

Dyos H. J. (1967) The Slums of Victorian London, Victorian Studies, XI, 5-40

Fishman, William J. 1988. East End 1888: a year in a London borough among the labouring poor. London: Gerald Duckworth & Co. Ltd.

Hanson, Julienne 2000. Urban transformations: a history of design ideas. Urban Design International 5:97-122.

Mayhew, Henry. 1861. London Labour and the London Poor (Penguin edition, 1985 edited by Victor Neuburg). 4 vols. Vol. 2nd. London: Griffin, Bohn.

O’Day, Rosemary, and David Englander. 1993. Mr. Charles Booth’s Inquiry: life and labour of the people in London reconsidered. London: Hambledon Press.

Pfautz, H.W., ed. 1967. On the city: physical pattern and social structure; selected writings of Charles Booth, Heritage of Sociology. 1967: University of Chicago Press.

Reeder, David. 1984. Charles Booth’s Descriptive Map of London Poverty, 1889. London: London Topographical Society.

Spicker, Paul. 1990. Charles Booth: the examination of poverty. Social Policy & Administration 24 (1):21-38.

———. 2001. Poor areas and the ‘ecological fallacy’. Radical Statistics 76.

Stedman Jones, Gareth. 1971. Outcast London: a study in the relationship between classes in Victorian society. 1st ed. Oxford (Peregrine Penguin Edition, 1984): Clarenden Press.

University of Leicester. 2009. Historical Directories. Leicester.

Vaughan, Laura 2007. The spatial form of poverty in Charles Booth’s London. Progress in Planning: special issue on The Syntax of Segregation, edited by Laura Vaughan 67 (3):231-250.

Vaughan, Laura, and Ilaria Geddes. 2009. Urban form and deprivation: a contemporary proxy for Charles Booth’s analysis of poverty. Radical Statistics 99.

White, Jerry. 2003. Rothschild Buildings: life in an East End tenement block 1887-1920. London: Pimlico. Original edition, originally published by Routledge in 1980.


This document is an output of an EPSRC funded project on Space and Exclusion.

Document copyright © Laura Vaughan and University College London, 2012

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