#AtoZChallenge M for Map – Charles Booth Poverty Maps

Charles Booth Poverty Maps

M for Map – Charles Booth Poverty Maps

Living in Bermondsey, south of the Thames River in the late 1800’s London I had assumed my Shepherd ancestors were very poor. However according to the Charles Booth Descriptive Map of London Poverty 1889, the streets they may have lived in around this time were “fairly comfortable. Good ordinary earnings”. Or I might be just hoping they were not poor as it is difficult to tell the difference between red to purple coding. Living in Alexis Street in 1896, they were at least not in the poorer areas. Although there are streets closer to the river and in pockets with the black and dark blue colours.

We should research and verify facts rather than make assumptions with our family history.


Source: Charles Booth Maps, London at London School of Economics & Political Science Website

The London School of Economics & Political Science Website has more details on the Charles Booth Poverty Maps and Police Notebooks where your can browse and search the maps and notebooks. One great features is that you can locate a street on a modern day map and use the slider to cover this with the Charles Booth Poverty Maps. See following sample maps that includes Alexis Street.

Modern Map: OpenStreetMap®

Copyright: Modern Map: OpenStreetMap®

Source: https://booth.lse.ac.uk/map

Source: https://booth.lse.ac.uk/map

Who lived in Alexis Street, Bermondsey, London?

Henry Shepherd (1862-1921) was married to Frances Ann Edmonds (1865-1846) in 1893. They lived in Alexis Street in 1896, the year my Nana, Grace Shepherd was born.

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8 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge M for Map – Charles Booth Poverty Maps”

  1. I love the Booth Maps although it has taken me a while to learn to read them. The notebooks that you can access online that go with the Booth Maps are also very interesting.
    I wrote an article about them under the letter B in the A to Z Challenge. There is so much to learn.
    http://ancestralresearchjournal.blogspot.com.au/2017/04/a-to-z-challenge-b-is-booths-poverty.html – B is Booths Poverty maps
    Sandra, Aspiring family historian, fellow participant in the #AtoZchallenge
    http://ancestralresearchjournal.blogspot.com.au/ – Sandra’s Ancestral Research Journal

  2. Interesting how all the very poor and moderately poor are together in smaller spaces, but the more well-to-do are spaced out. I wonder if the pattern would be the same today. I’m thinking it probably would.

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