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18th October 2018

The Great Unwashed


London was a magnet for people from Victorian Suffolk, often thinking they were going to live in a better place. Imagine living in cramped, overcrowded, vermin ridden slums, with hunger, crime and filthy water “normal”.

Set against London’s transformation to a grand capital city, with the privileged few contemplating which bonnet or shoes to wear that day, yet within spitting distance, thousands faced a grim, brutal struggle living in desperate poverty.

In this entertaining talk David Allen lifts the lid on the Victorian underclass. What was it really like being poor in Victorian London?

Organised by Ipswich Branch of Suffolk Family History Society, the meeting takes place Thursday 26th April at The Co-op Education Centre, Fore Street, Ipswich. £3 members, £3.50 non members. 

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