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The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum

In 1887 Government inspectors were sent to investigate the Old Nichol, a slum on the boundary of Bethnal Green parish, where almost 6,000 inhabitants were crammed into thirty or so streets of rotting dwellings and where the mortality rate ran at nearly twice that of the rest of Bethnal Green. This work evokes the texture of life at that time.

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