The Tobacco Dock is a brick warehouse located in the East End of London, in the area known today as the Docklands. It was constructed in the early 19th century, at the peak of the industrial revolution, as part of a larger system of enclosed docks specializing in exotic luxury commodities such as ivory, furs,
Spanning 1886 to 1903, Charles Booth’s Inquiry into the Life and Labour of the People in London was an admirably extensive social survey considering the given resources of that time. Its key achievements included the pioneering analysis of structural causes of poverty – labour market and age – and the finding that 30.7% of Londoners
Victorian London was a site of great social change. Even as it solidified and strengthened its position as national and imperial power, there was a growing unease amongst the middle classes regarding the perceived persistence of poverty and casual labour (Jones, 2013). Numerous writers of the time – including Mayhew and Dickens – wrote about
Charles Booth (1840 – 1916) was an English businessman and an active participant in local politics in the place of his birth, Liverpool. Booth developed a sense of obligation towards the poor and improvement of social conditions (LSE Booth webpage: see bibliography), and the rapidly spreading problem of poverty in the fast-expanding Victorian cities incited
Introduction Archival research is an essential tool for historical geographers who seek to think and write about places and people that have long since vanished. Effectively removed from their field sites, these academics are faced with the challenge of navigating documents in an effort to source relevant data while remaining extra critical of inherent subjectivity.
Despite the geography of London being defined by the iconic river running through the heart of the city, I believe, the Thames is often overlooked in cultural and historical significance. It once acted as London’s artery or oesophagus: sustenance entered it; sewage left through it; trade was centred on it; and transport passed along it.
Ackroyd (2000) in London the Biography, employed the metaphor of London as a body and expressed it in different ways. In this essay, I will draw on the description of London as a body ‘out of all Shape’, ‘racked with fever, chocked by ashes’ mentioned in the book to describe how the city of London
In this essay I aim to use the metaphor of London as a body to describe how the evolution of Shoreditch evinces a confluence of time. In other words, I will describe how Shoreditch was molded by the subcultures that defined it and was transformed from a no-body, an impoverished industrial centre, to a some-body,
The ‘Governor and Company of Merchants of London Trading into the East Indies’, better known as The East India Company (EIC hereafter), was granted The Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth I in 1600 entitling select London business elites the monopoly power to trade with the East (EIC, 2015; Landow, 2013). What ensued was not merely