Tue 11 Jan 2022
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.
These lodging houses were
poorly built with cheap materials to house the ever
growing numbers of people migrating to the towns and
It was pointed out that, for
all the ills of the lodging house, it was far better
than condiftions found in the workhouse.
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.
Secret World of the
Victorian Lodging House
by Joseph O'Neill
Street, Spitalfields, London.
An area frequented by Jack the Ripper.