The Devil's Acre - Westminster: 1872
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Illustration of the Devil's Acre, a slum next to Westminster Abbey, from 'London: a Pilgrimage', by Blanchard Jerrold and Gustave Doré, 1872. John Hollingshead described visiting the slum in 1861: 'Enter a narrow street called St. Anne's Lane, glance up at a fearful side-court called St. Anne's Place and wonder whether such filth and squalor can ever be exceeded. I went up the last-mentioned court, which had every feature of a sewer, and found a long puddle of sewage soaking in the hollow centre. The passages of the low black huts on either side were like old sooty chimneys, and the inhabitants were buried out of sight in the gloom'. (Ragged London, 1861, pp 107-8).
1872 AD - 1872 AD