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How to use the site
You can search the map for present-day locations, including streets and postcodes, and 19th-century parishes and landmarks.
You can compare Booth's map with a present-day map of London using the slider at the bottom of the page.
To display notebook entries for individual locations on the map, use the control at the top right of the screen. Click on one of the green dots to read the notebook entry for that location. This will display a summary of the notebook entry and, if the notebook has been digitised, a link to the notebook itself.
You can search a catalogue of Booth's notebooks. This includes the notebook titles, and extensive, information-rich descriptions of individual pages.
The descriptions are also displayed alongside the pages of the police notebooks. Where a particular location is mentioned, you will often be able to view that location on the map by following the "view on map" link.
Why can't I access all of the notebooks?
Charles Booth's London contains digitised versions of some but not all of the extensive series of notebooks produced as part of Booth's Inquiry. Therefore, it is possible that a search of the notebooks catalogue will return results for items that are not available to view on this website.
If you wish to access notebooks which have not been digitised, you are welcome to visit LSE Library's Reading Room to view the original or published versions of the notebooks.
About LSE Library's Charles Booth archive
In 2016, LSE Library's Archive of Charles Booth’s Inquiry into the Life and Labour of the People in London (1886-1903) was inscribed into UNESCO's Memory of the World Register. The archive comprises over 450 volumes of interviews, questionnaires, observations and statistical information. It documents the social and economic life of London, highlighting all of its contrasts, complexities and contradictions. The archive also takes us "behind the scenes" of the Inquiry itself, showing how Booth and his research team developed new methodologies and techniques in what is now recognised as a key milestone in the development of social research techniques.
The archive can be accessed in the Library's Reading Room.
Licensing and permissions
The original archival material (notebooks and poverty maps) used to create Charles Booth's London is out of copyright. The digitised derivatives on the site are therefore licensed under a Public Domain Mark with no rights reserved, meaning that they have "No Known Copyright" associated with them.
The website itself, including its design elements, is © 2016 London School of Economics and Political Science. The map data used to create the present-day map of London is © OpenStreetMap contributors.
The map search is powered by the Ordnance Survey Names API, which contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
About the project
Charles Booth's London was made possible by the following open projects and services:
To view more digital collections from LSE Library, visit LSE Digital Library.