The modern plague of London
The Modern Plague of London map from 1886, was published by the Temperance Society and showed all public houses in the metropolis at the time. It is clear how such mapped evidence could be used to convey the large number of pubs at the time as being like an epidemic of disease.
One of Charles Booth’s team - who updated the maps of poverty for the 1898-9 revised version - stated that his policemen interviewee “thought that in the interests of sobriety there should be a greater number [of pubs] than there are. For he said you get drunkenness rows where there was a crowd.” Apparently the ‘roughest’ Public Houses were at the corner of Commercial St & Wentworth St.
This image is taken from the 'Mapping the East End Labyrinth' website.
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