Tag Archives: Poverty

Poplarism aka The Poplar Rates Rebellion

Before WWI, most Poplar councillors were drawn from Poplar’s small middle class, were Conservative or Independent, or were even openly sponsored by large local firms. It was not unusual for councillors to have a registered business address in Poplar, but live … Continue reading

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The Distress

It must have been quite an experience to live on the Island in the middle of the 19th century. Just imagine what it was like to be living in a place that was developing and changing so much that – … Continue reading

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“The General Tone of the Isle of Dogs is Purple”. Charles Booth’s Poverty Maps

Charles Booth (30 March 1840 – 23 November 1916) was a philanthropist, social researcher and social reformist. In the 1880’s he investigated poverty in London, with a team of investigators which included his cousin Beatrice Potter (Beatrice Webb) and Clara Collet. … Continue reading

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