Charles Booth’s London Poverty Maps
Following on from their success with the publication of the GLC Bomb Damage Maps, Thames And Hudson have, with this book, published the maps that Charles Booth put together between 1866 and 1903. Booth was a social reformer and he enlisted a team of foot soldiers to compile data on poverty in the capital.
His work combines detailed descriptions of dwellings and factory conditions with frank interviews with Londoners across all social classes. He colour coded his maps of London according to the status of the inhabitants; yellow being well-to-do and black being ‘semi vicious’.
Collated here in a re-edited and re-curated publication which will be of interest to people who live in London today or have done so in the recent past. In addition there are 6 thematic essays and evocative period photographs. The introduction is by that great modern chronicler of London, Iain Sinclair.
Hardback. 288 pages.
27.3cm x 37.3cm x 3.1cm