The Booth Poverty maps 1889-90
The Stoke Newington Sheet
The contrast of rich and poor areas of London in 1889, especially when looking at on the coloured maps, is startling. London Topographical Society reproduced the maps for most of London on four large coloured sheets. Lay out these maps in one block and the yellows and reds, colours of light and wealth and warmth, are concentrated in smallish areas on the north-west sheet. All the others are drab purple and blue, with areas of dark blue and even black, the colours of cold and outer darkness.
The London School of Economics published more maps including one from Stoke Newington which reaches up as far as Lordship Park. This is the northern limit of the Booth maps.
This is the Stoke Newington section and is the most northerly area covered. The map did not extend up to Woodberry Down, but the colours would have been similar to the ones at the lower end of Lordship Road.
Part of Map Descriptive of London Poverty, 1888-89
Sheet 3 Northern District
||There will be more detailed 1889 Booth Maps of Stoke Newington for the schools south of, and including, Grazebrook. The other school histories will refer to the Booth map. The only modern school which would have been in a "Very Poor" area was St Mary's Primary. William Patten school building was built in 1892 as Church Street School in a "Well To Do" area.
London School of Economics.
The source of the copies of the Charles Booth's Poverty Map is the London Topographical Reproduction plus one sheet from London School of Economics. However, all the maps, supporting documents and compilers' reports, are available on a brilliant website. http://booth.lse.ac.uk/. This additional material, which includes conversations with local policmen, clegymen and school board officers is full of lively material about the different small patches of London and bring history to life.
Uses of the Booth Poverty Maps in this website.