The decline and fall of an early modern slum: London's St Giles 'Rookery', c. 1550–1850

Adam Crymble
<span title="2021-03-19">2021</span> <i title="Cambridge University Press (CUP)"> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="https://fatcat.wiki/container/odkmsqs3srbp7hfksuk65vuqza" style="color: black;">Urban History</a> </i> &nbsp;
The Rookery of London's St Giles-in-the-Fields became the city's most notorious slum by the eighteenth century. This article asks why? Why there, why then and why for so long? Building on existing research about urban development and the failure of local government, by considering the geography, economics and legal influences acting upon the space and the people who interacted with it over the long durée, it becomes clear that the Rookery of St Giles-in-the-Fields was always high risk because
more &raquo; ... happenstance of geography, but that a lack of leadership from its owners and a system of urban upkeep that distributed responsibility too widely led to its longevity and the depth of its misfortune.
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