East End Policing in the 19th Century

By the year 1820 it was estimated that in London, of a population of a million people, there were at least 30,000 thieves operating who annually stole property valued at two million pounds. Statistics revealed that crime had increased 41 per cent in seven years. Murder was becoming common place, in Shadwell alone in 1811…

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Opium Dens

First published by the ‘The London Cottage Mission 1884’ A couple of opium-pipes lay beside him on the bed; bits of bamboo two feet long they were; one end being plugged up with a little piece 0f ivory, and the other, with no mouthpiece, being smoothed to touch the lips. Near the plugged end was…

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