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The Whole Place Deserved Destruction: the Old Nichol Slum in the 1880's

Free Lunchtime lecture by author & historian Sarah Wise

Police would not patrol there, even in daylight; no stranger would chance their arm there; it was a nest of cosh carriers and prostitutes. The Old Nichol in East London had a terrible reputation - but did it deserve it? Historian Sarah Wise has undertaken a close examination of surviving documentation, which allows us to piece together a much more complex picture of life in the slum. And in the process, the Nichol legend dies a death. Sarah Wise’s debut book, "The Italian Boy: murder and grave-robbery in 1830's London" was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and her follow-up, "The Blackest Streets: the life and death of a Victorian slum" is published in paperback on 4 June.


Dr Sarah Wise | talks


Date and Time:

9 June 2009 at 12:30 pm


1 hour



Shoe Lane Library
Hill House
1 Little New Street
020 75837178

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Nearest Public Transport: Chancery Lane Tube (Central Line) or Blackfriars or City Thameslink (Ludgate Hill). Buses - Fleet Street or Farringdon Road.

Contact: 020 7583 7178 or shoelane@cityoflondon.gov.uk


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