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London Poverty Map 1889 West (Old House) [Folded Map] [Map]

Charles Booth
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10 July 2011 Old House
Map of Victorian London (West) coloured street by street to show the lifestyle of the inhabitants from the wealthy upper classes to the vicious and semi-criminal lowest class. A century after the start of the Industrial Revolution the Victorians finally began to turn their attention to matters of social conscience. The remarkable achievements of the entrepreneurs who had prospered as they developed new factories, railways and docks overshadowed a deprivation among the working classes that had hitherto been unseen in Britain. Certainly there had been destitution and hardship in the rural communities but as people sought work in the new industrial heartlands they encountered appalling disease, poorly constructed housing and little sanitation. Nonetheless high rents still had to be paid, invariably to unscrupulous landlords. There was little concern for the long working hours or child labour, and unguarded machinery and uncaring overseers caused serious accidents after which casualties were given little or no assistance other than the prospect of ending their days in the workhouse. Wealthy ship owner Charles Booth was appalled by conditions in London's docklands and vowed to do something about it. Realising that the situation needed to be accurately assessed he published numerous surveys that reported on the living conditions, lifestyle and income of Londoners. These two maps (West and East available as separate maps)classify London streets into seven categories from the very poor lowest class mainly in the east end (but with some surprising enclaves in the fashionable west) right up to the wealthy upper classes in Marylebone and Mayfair. A fascinating resource for genealogists and all lovers of London's past

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Product details

  • Map: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Old House (10 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1873590369
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873590362
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 17 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 427,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars very informative map of the time 7 Mar 2012
I bought this map to research some street names, it served the purpose and provided much more interesting information; such as what class of people lived in what areas. This will lead you to research the journals also: See: (Charles Booth Online Archive) The only disapointment was when I realized that I had only one half of the original Map..they are sold in two parts (East London & West London)
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3.0 out of 5 stars How about a STREET NAME INDEX? 12 Oct 2012
By Jenny G
I knew about Booth's London street maps and was thrilled to find them available - albeit it 2 parts - for home study. Why no street index? You really have to know your London to track down the exact area. After some considerable searching I discovered both my required roads were just OFF the maps. Disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 15 July 2012
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A very interesting map which I ordered after seeing a programme about poverty in London. There are several other maps available in this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Colour a bit inconsistent between maps 4 Mar 2014
By E. Wai
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I bought the East and West maps separately, and found that the West one is stronger contrast than the East (colours deeper, stronger) which is a little confusing when looking at both.

There's another pack which includes both East and West maps (though still separate) in one pack, so would recommend that instead if you want the two maps.
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