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TV: The Secret History of Our Streets

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From 1886 Charles Booth spent 17 years visiting and mapping every street in London, recording the social conditions of the space and its residents.
Issue 2309

From 1886 Charles Booth spent 17 years visiting and mapping every street in London, recording the social conditions of the space and its residents.

His maps used a colour coded system, with yellow indicating the “servant keeping classes”, down to black for the “vicious and semi-criminal”.

This BBC2 series follows the history of six streets from Booth’s mapping to present day, exploring the development in terms of their class nature. All episodes are available until 18 July on the BBC’s iPlayer service.

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