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“A Lady Resident”

Ellen Ross

in Slum Travelers

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249059
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940055 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249059.003.0002
“A Lady Resident”

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This chapter presents an article which appeared in the first edition, titled East London, of Charles Booth's Life and Labour in 1889. The chapter focuses on the narrative of a lady resident who lived in “buildings” or apartment buildings which were over four stories high and a new form of housing in London. This narrative recounts life in these buildings. In particular, it notes how small and cramped the dwellings and rooms in these buildings were, and the apparent loss of privacy due to the proximity of the rooms with each other. It also provides careful observations of some of the inhabitants of the apartments and the habit of gossip that proliferated within the walls of the building. However, at the end of the narrative, the author of the chapter reiterates that while the absence of privacy and the increased facility for gossip and quarrelling was a chief disadvantage of living in these buildings, its cheapness and higher standard of cleanliness, along with encounters with the neighbors and the impossibility of being overlooked and neglected by relatives in times of illness, outweighed the disadvantages.

Keywords: housing; privacy; apartments; East London

Chapter.  2456 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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