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The Victorian Lodging House - Joe O'Neill

It was well undertsood in the mid-19th century that the common lodging house was a major cause of crime and the ills of society. In short, a root of all ills.

Reports made at that time identified these accommodations were inhabited by people who suffered from poverty , filth and were involved in vice and crime. They were also viewed as physically loathsome and morally odious.

Joseph O'Neill

These lodging houses were poorly built with cheap materials to house the ever growing numbers of people migrating to the towns and cities.

It was pointed out that, for all the ills of the lodging house, it was far better than condiftions found in the workhouse.
Joe's enlightening talk, supported by many graphic images of the Victorian lodging house, conveyed the shocking conditions for the wide variety of working people that lived in such places.

P. Robinson.

The Secret World of the
Victorian Lodging House

by Joseph O'Neill 

Manchester 1854

Slum dwellings.
Dorset Street, Spitalfields, London.
Dorset Street, Spitalfields, London.
An area frequented by Jack the Ripper.

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