Charles Booth's London

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Charles Booth's London enables you to search the catalogue of over 450 original notebooks from the Inquiry into Life and Labour in London (1886-1903), view 41 digitised notebooks, and explore the London poverty maps.


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Charles Booth Papers on the Life and Labour of the People in London, comprising manuscript and typescript copy, corrected proofs, maps and other material by Charles Booth and others for the study Life and Labour of the People in London.

Correspondence between Charles Booth and Mary Catherine Booth, largely concerned with domestic and personal details of the lives of the Macaulay and Booth families.

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You can search the map for present-day locations, including streets and postcodes, and 19th-century parishes and landmarks.

You can compare Booth's map with a present-day map of London using the slider at the bottom of the page.

To display notebook entries for individual locations on the map, use the control at the top right of the screen. Click on one of the green dots to read the notebook entry for that location. This will display a summary of the notebook entry and, if the notebook has been digitised, a link to the notebook itself.


You can search a catalogue of Booth's notebooks. This includes the notebook titles, and extensive, information-rich descriptions of individual pages.

The descriptions are also displayed alongside the pages of the police notebooks. Where a particular location is mentioned, you will often be able to view that location on the map by following the "view on map" link.

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