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on 23 September 2013
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). Road names are easy to pick out and a grid sits over the top (the space between the horizontal lines representing half a mile). This is a really excellent pair of maps and essential to anyone interested in late 1900s London.
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on 18 February 2014
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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on 27 March 2014
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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on 11 November 2013
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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on 1 April 2016
It is excellent to have Charles Booth's remarkable maps available at a very affordable price. They provide hours of fascination and give a wonderful and graphic impression of the relative wealth and poverty of the various areas of late 19th century London.
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on 9 August 2015
Booth's poverty maps give a graphic account of Victorian London living, showing not only the haves and have nots, but also the areas where ordinary people worked hard for a living. The books that accompany the maps are available to read online and provide more detail on the types of accommodation and jobs in each area. Lots of information especially for those with London ancestors.
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on 14 January 2017
Bought this as a Christmas gift for my boyfriend and he loves it, the majority of Christmas day was spent studying the maps & literally the whole family have had a good look at it at some point too! He was always mentioning how he'd love a proper one but the really large prints are very expensive, so this is a fab alternative. It's nicely presented, I'm also glad I bought a magnifying glass as others have said in reviews as the writing is so small in some parts. Hours of fun if you know someone who is interested in maps!
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on 29 April 2014
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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on 2 May 2014
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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on 17 May 2015
Very good and interesting. However the print is really small even with my glasses on! Good tool for family tree research
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