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The Worst Street in London: Foreword by Peter Ackroyd

The Worst Street in London: Foreword by Peter Ackroyd [Kindle Edition]

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An remarkable untold story of Dorset Street in Spitalfields, the worst street in London, from its 17th Century beginnings through its descent into vice and violence with

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 413 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Allan (10 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JZ6T8I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on worst street 11 Sep 2008
This book will appeal to historians and Ripperologists alike, it is choc-full of interesting facts about the Spitafields area from its earliest days and sheds new light on some of the most notorious individuals to emerge from its streets. The author has adopted a compelling story-telling style which makes the book a real page-turner and not at all text-bookish. If you are interested in Jack The Ripper or the origins of the East End gangs then this is a must for your collection.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So so book about Spitalfields 19 July 2009
This book is about Spitalfields with a focus on Dorset Street rather than being about Dorset Street per se. If you have never read anything about Spitalfields this is quite a good introduction but if you are looking for a specialist study of Dorset Street this is not the book for you.

At times the book feels padded. That an inhabitant of Dorset Street might be involved in criminality leads to a lengthy description of 18th century justice, Newgate, the Hulks and Transportation to Australia.

Its best when describing actualities, real Dorset Street residents, actual lodging houses and the murderous crimes associated with the area.

Its generally well written, quite interesting and reasonably well researched but adds little if you have read other books on the area or Jack the Ripper.

I was amused that another reviewer described it as an academic work. It is not (nor does it claim to be) but instead its a fairly good introduction to the area and a reasonably entertaining read. That it has an introduction by Peter Ackroyd might mislead some in to thinking its on similar level to his own work. However compared to his high standard this falls somewhat short.

Recommended provided you don't set your expectations too high.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating study 1 July 2009
No, it's not about the traffic around Victoria Station.

This is an excellent approach to exploring the colourful history of a single area of London. In a city where every cobblestone and brick has a tale to tell, THE WORST STREET IN LONDON does a ripping job (sorry, Jack) of detailing the sordid and informative legacy of what would otherwise be considered an "ordinary" street. Anything but! The only thing I missed was perhaps a few more maps or illustrations of the area then... and then... and then... and now.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The worst street in London 1 Feb 2009
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Fiona Rule's detailed account of Dorset the street from it beginning to late 1950 is a masterpiece of not just academic research but entertaining accounts the people living there. Dorset street was made famous, or should that be infamous, as it was site of Jack the Ripper's most gory murder of Mary Kelly. I brought the book to use to research my historical novels that are set in Victorian East London and found myself drawn in by the real-life stories and characters. I would not hesitate in recommending this book to anyone who is has an interest in the East End of London and Whitechapel in particular.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining 12 July 2009
I read this book cover to cover over a few days. The style is easy to read whilst being informative about this fascinating area of London. I enjoyed the suggested walk at the back of the book, even though I am familiar with the area Fiona Rule had provided information that I had not previously known, so I looked at the area through "fresh eyes".
Some text books can leave me cold in their style & I tend to dip in & out, but this book managed to keep me rivetted.
Another book to be recommended about this area is 18 Folgate Street by Dennis Severs.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unable to put down 30 Mar 2009
I read this book in 24 hours as i could not put it down. I wasn't that interested when about Jack the Ripper, but bought this to try and provide some insight into why my family were back and forth to Spitalfields many years ago.

The whole book was fascinating and gave a good insight into social history and the treatment of the poor. Also an insight into early gang culture - perhaps little has changed today. This gave me far more interest that my original intention. It has a walk round modern Spitalfields in the back and would love to try and get down there soon to look round.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Street in London 22 Mar 2013
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The tragic history of Dorset Street in London's East End. Very sad lives of the people in the days before benefits. Also was the street where two of Jack the Ripper's victims lived. Very well written and illustrated by Fiona. Please buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 8 Dec 2012
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Brilliant book which captures the life of Dorset st Whitechapel. I would recommend this book to others for a history of Whitechapel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Truly loved this book it was so informative. I would recommend to anyone who is interested in London. I have read it twice.
Published 9 days ago by Janet Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant factual book
I thought the author's approach made this a very readable and informative book. Some of the facts were amazing and she brought the characters to life.
Published 1 month ago by Penny Coult
5.0 out of 5 stars Much enjoyed
This book gave a vivid account of our capital's worst area. Made me want to read more about the characters. I even began to feel a little sorry for Jack McCarthy! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Miss J. F. Long
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like ripper street ?
You'll love this. Gory and grime and fascinating, history of the area and of London, BRILLAINT book and good gift
Published 3 months ago by Miss Steph Bower
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting & Informative
I liked all the historical background about the waves of immigration, the Huguenots who brought their silk-weaving skills, followed by the Irish escaping from the Potato Famine,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maev B. Gallagher Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Worste Street in London
A well written book on life in and around Spitlefields, we though we have it bad how people survived is amazing.
Published 3 months ago by I Gillies
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great book, if you like this kind of reading then this is the book for you! Good story as well, as a great author!
Published 4 months ago by P. Callaghan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and well written
I read up on a lot of London History as my own family lived around the east end in Georgian times, and this book was well researched and written. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Penny
5.0 out of 5 stars Worst street London by Fiona Rule
having been born in the east end of london but due to being orphaned was taken from there to live in essesx i alwways wanted to learn about the area and its history and i find... Read more
Published 8 months ago by irene kent
4.0 out of 5 stars The worst street in London
Very good book but a bit too much on Jack the Ripper. I suppose that as the book is about Dorset Street the writer would have had to bring Jack the Ripper into it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Stephanie
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