Charles Booth’s London Poverty Maps


For the first time in one volume, social reformer Charles Booth’s hand-coloured maps are displayed alongside facsimiles of his revelatory notebooks documenting life in London at the end of the 19th century.


ISBN: 9780500022290 Category:

Mary S. Morgan, Iain Sinclair, London School of Economics


A splendid – and necessary – publication…a great resource
Iain Sinclair

Charles Booth’s landmark survey of life in late-19th-century London, published for the first time in one volume.

In the late nineteenth century, Charles Booth’s landmark social and economic survey found that 35 percent of Londoners were living in abject poverty. Booth’s team of social investigators interviewed Londoners from all walks of life, recording their comments, together with their own unrestrained remarks and statistical information, in 450 notebooks. Their findings formed the basis of Booth’s colour-coded social mapping (from vicious and semi-criminal to wealthy) and his seventeen-volume survey Inquiry into the Life and Labour of the People of London, 1886-1903.

Organized into six geographical sections, Charles Booth’s London Poverty Maps presents the hand-colored preparatory and printed social mapping of London. Accompanying the maps are reproductions of pages from the original notebooks, containing anecdotes and observations too judgmental for Booth to include in his final published survey. An introduction by professor Mary S. Morgan clarifies the aims and methodology of Booth’s survey and six themed essays contextualize the the survey’s findings, accompanied by evocative period photographs.

Providing insights into the minutia of everyday life viewed through the lens of inhabitants of every trade, class, creed, and nationality, Charles Booth’s London Poverty Maps brings to life the diversity and dynamism of late nineteenth-century London.

Additional information

Weight 2359 g
Dimensions 27.4 x 37.3 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 24 October 2019
Number of pages 288
Format Hardback
Dimensions 27.4 x 37.3 cm
Weight 2359 g


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Charles Booth’s London Poverty Maps”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The London School of Economics holds the Charles Booth archive. Mary S. Morgan is Professor of the History of Economics in the London School of Economics.