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Charles Booth

Inquiry into the Life and Labour of the People in London

Charles Booth's Inquiry into the Life and Labour of the People in London, undertaken between 1886 and 1903, was one of several surveys of working class life carried out in the 19th century. Booth drew up a series of maps, on which streets were coloured to indicate their relative poverty, based on data noted down by members of the Police force.

Those addresses in these pages with a Booth entry are shown below, together with links to the maps and notebooks.

Black
Lowest class. Vicious, semi-criminal.
Dark Blue
Very poor, casual. Chronic want.
Light Blue
Poor/ 18s to 21s a week for a moderate family.
Purple
Mixed. Some comfortable others poor.
Pink
Fairly comfortable. Good ordinary earnings.
Red
Middle class. Well-to-do.
Yellow
Upper-middle and Upper classes. Wealthy.
Cathnor Street Purple map notebook
Elwood Street Pink and Purple map notebook
Homer Street Purple to Pink map notebook
Isledon Road Pink and Red map notebook
Maygrove Road Pink map notebook
Russell Street Red map notebook
Sherborne Street Purple map notebook
Tunis Road Pink to Purple map notebook
Wyndham Street Pink map notebook


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