Map of London Poverty 1898-9, Inner Southern District, by Charles Booth
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This is a print of sheet 9 of the Map of London Poverty, created by Charles Booth in 1898-9. These 12 maps of London were an epic undertaking to map out the various levels of poverty and affluence of everyone in London. These are some of the most detailed historic maps of London ever made.
This map shows the Inner Southern District, which today would be the London boroughs of Southwark and the northern part of Lambeth.
Elephant and Castle didn't exist yet, but you can see the confluence of roads that would soon become it. Also prominent in this historic map of London is Bethlehem Lunatic Asylum - which is now the Imperial War Museum!
The level of detail in these maps is breathtaking, with individual houses coloured to show whether they are "vicious semi-criminal" (black); "very poor" (dark blue); "poor" (light blue); "mixed" (red); "fairly comfortable" (light red); "middle class" (bright red); "upper-middle and upper class" (yellow).
Because of the huge amount of detail on this map, I would recommend buying the 36x20 inch (90x50cm) map at least. Please note that there are white strips along the edge of the map if you buy the unframed map at smaller sizes (36x20 and 24x13 inches). They are very easy to snip off - or they may help you with framing. The other sizes are all exactly as per the listing images.
This world map would make a perfect gift for someone from south London or who has London in their heart.
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