Sarah was a major contributor to Iain Sinclair's compendium London, City of Disappearances 2006. Among much else, they found that the rotting 100-year-old houses were some of the most lucrative properties in the capital for their absent slumlords. If the event was moved or rescheduled, the venue or promoter may set refund limitations. The Blackest Streets is set in a turbulent period of London's history when revolution was in the air. She investigates how the Old Nichol got that way, stayed a slum for so long, and then experienced a rebirth in the form of new council housing that priced out the original inhabitants.
The problem is that once you have gotten your nifty new product, the the blackest streets wise sarah gets a brief glance, maybe a once over, but it often tends to get discarded or lost with the original packaging. The East End of London has had more than its share of historians. A single medical officer was responsible for the locality's water supplies, drainage, factories, food safety, infectious diseases, refuse collections, vaccinations, dairies, bathhouses, mortuaries, cemeteries and public lavatories, and few were either inspected or regulated. For many affluent people, charity work was something of a lark -- a way for do-gooders to salve their conscience without really making a material difference. While the level of poverty was shocking, the author's attitude is upbeat: The community developed a durable social fabric, and people found enjoyment in life despite their poverty. A chance discovery while writing my dissertation led to the writing of The Italian Boy: Murder and Grave Robbery in 1830s London, which was published in 2004. The solution to this 'problem' lay in internment camps, said some, or forced emigration - even policies designed to prevent breeding.
Sarah Wise A life-long Londoner, Sarah Wise is a lecturer, author and researcher. The event listed on the purchased ticket is strictly for ticket holders who are over 18 years of age. In the late 1800s the area was already gaining a reputation and was often the destination for visitors who had something to say about the poverty. We can't help thinking of today's transformed Shoreditch, with its trendy clubs and galleries and bars and insanely inflated property prices; where, we wonder, will its poorest residents eventually find themselves pushed out to? After looking at the normal residents crime was addressed. It is a very well written and researched history book.
Her follow-up The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum was published in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize. It is a very well written and researched history book. Wise has constructed from a great diversity of historical material an excellent and thoroughly convincing account of life in one of East London's roughet, but also most maligned slums, the 'Old Nichol' area of Bethnal Green. She has a Master's Degree in Victorian Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London. Certainly there was drunkenness; as Wise notes, if one lived in a freezing, stinking house, what could be more welcoming than the warmth and light of a pub? I make no pretence that my reproductions are technically accurate but are intended to show the style of the artist. A fascinating expose of the foundations that modern London are based on. I got this from the Whitechapel library as some last minute reading for my interview.
I did a Master's degree in Victorian Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London — jumping ship from EngLit to History. From repeated attempts to allievate the bad housing and sewage, on a political level, most of which failed to even start. If we thought about these things, we might see changes as well. We learn of individuals, some courageous with nothing but alturism on their minds. She has been a guest on Radio 4's All in the Mind, Radio 3's Night Waves and the Guardian's Books Podcast about 19th-century mental health.
Both men proposed that the poorest people be sent to sex-segregated work camps for the rest of their lives, where they would die without passing their bad genes to a new generation. There are surprises along the way. This was a quality it clearly needed: the fantastically overcrowded slum was the creation, or rather the accretion, of generations of rack-renters, absentee landlords many of them amongst the richest men and women in the land; some of them, it transpires, actually dead , laissez-faire politicians and corrupt parish authorities. A long since vanished slum, filled with the most appalling housing and poverty. Wise makes clear the chaos of local administration before the creation of the London County Council at the turn of the century, and makes clear moreover that this 'system' or rather, the lack of one left landlords and owners free to build and rent without control.
A great addition to a library of books about London or as an insight as to how our ancestors lived. I'd be more than happy to sit back in no small amount of awe and wonder to laugh at the Victorian upper-class mental cases who waltzed in to stare at and save poor people, were so many of their prejudices and cracked beliefs not so rife in present times. Her most recent book, Inconvenient People, was shortlisted for the 2014 Wellcome Prize. The systematic oppression for the sake of capitalism and the rich is frightening. Reading about one of the worst slums ever seen in London is extremely educational.
Register a Free 1 month Trial Account. Some of the Nichol's residents actually lived underground, crowded into half-height passages that ran beneath the houses; the sewers were not maintained, and there were no enforceable laws on overcrowding. Too often, both idealistic vicars and romantic socialists ended up espousing eugenics, as the cycle of misery appeared to reproduce itself from one generation to the next. The solution to the problem lay in internment camps, some said, or forced emigration even eugenics. Please note over 70,000 painters of this period, many very obscure, have been identified and this blog concentrates on those that have come up for auction in the last ten years or so.