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Product details

  • Poster: 2 pages
  • Publisher: Old House; Fol Map edition (10 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908402806
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908402806
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 1.8 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charles Booth

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. Byrnes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Sep 2013
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In this pack, two maps are included, representing west London and east London in 1889. Booth was a remarkable man who set out to assess how wealth was distributed across the main residential areas of London. His undertaking was staggering. Appalled by the poverty he witnessed in the dockland areas he set about colour coding every house in every street according to how well off the families who lived in them were. His lowest rank is "Lowest Class. Vicious, semi-criminal, going up to "Upper Middle and Upper Classes. Wealthy." Between the two he identified five classes to represent the "general condition of the inhabitants." The maps he created as a result of his research were used to tackle social problems derived from poverty, and to plan reforms.

The maps in this edition are presented in a card folder, each with its own envelope to protect it, connected by a spine. When you open the folder, the interior surfaces contain an introduction to Booth's maps, giving brief details of what London was like, what motivated Booth to create the maps and how they were used. It also expands on the keys shown on each map.

When you lie east and west side by side it is daunting to see how polarized they were in terms of poverty, with the east showing great areas at the blue (impoverished) end of the scale, whilst the yellow (the top end) are confined to the west (albeit with some blue patches crowded into nooks and crannies)

The maps are reproduced on good quality slightly shiny paper, with all-importantly good quality colour reproduction so that it is easy to make out which colours are which (Booth used incremental shades of blue and red, which could have been very difficult to distinguish from each other in an inferior quality edition).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By toshygibb on 18 Feb 2014
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I bought this to find out just where my ancestors lived using it in conjunction with the Census information I have. I found it really interesting to see their progression from the poorest parts of the East End, gradually moving out and into the better areas. I needed a magnifying glass to see some of the names of the roads, especially the smaller ones and an A to Z to get an idea of where they might be. The colouring is not wonderful so it was tricky to assess what socio-economic group they fell into sometimes. I found it fascinating and very glad I bought it. I would recommend it to anyone tracing their family history in London.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Arcturus on 11 Nov 2013
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I've become very interested in Victorian/Edwardian London and was pleased to find these maps. They had to cram in an awful lot of detail so the details are printed extremely small. You need a strong magnifier but the detail is fascinating
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John F. Marcham on 27 Mar 2014
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I bough this to find out about where my great grandfather lived who was a master bricklayer in the 1880's and was very pleasantly surprised b the "social grading" of his house.
Comes in two maps on good quality paper in a well presented folder. My only query is that I thinks the maps may have been slightly cropped at the edges and do not cover the whole of the original Booth's map. However a very useful document.
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THIS IS A MUST FOR ANY ONE WITH A GLIMMER OF ANCESTORS IN THE EAST END OF London.
IT IS A DREAM TO USE, MANY MANY THANKS
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By Ralph Beardsmore on 29 April 2014
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For anyone interested in London Ancestory this is fantastic look at how and where poverty was in London East and West.
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