London Poverty Map, 1889 by Charles Booth - Central, South, West, North, East - Old Historic City Wall Chart
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This map was originally published in 1889 after years of surveys. If you zoom into the listing images, you can see that the base map is a fairly detailed map of London, including most major roads, railway stations, parks, landmarks and canals.
Overlaid are coloured sections that show the percentage of people living in poverty in that area. The lightest shading shows under 10% of people living in poverty - all the way up to dark red, representing 70% of people in poverty. (Times were rough in Victorian London!)
You'll likely notice that, perhaps contrary to your modern idea of London, south London used to have some of the lowest levels of poverty in London - while the City of London was really quite grim. You can see that areas near the Thames appear to be high in poverty, too.
This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16 inches (30x40cm), 16x20 inches (40x50cm) and 18x24 inches (45x60cm), but it looks even better when printed large. I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 100 inches (260cm) wide. Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.
The model in the listing images is holding the 24x18 inch (60x45cm) version of this map.
If you're looking for more detailed Poverty maps, I also have the 12 individual sheets that Charles Booth published. And I can also create giant, customised Poverty Maps of the whole of London.
This would make a wonderful birthday or Christmas gift for someone from London, who has London in their heart, or is interested in historic socioeconomics.
You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes our maps pop out when on a wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame. We use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) in our frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.
Some of my old maps are now available on canvas. Smaller and larger sizes are available, but you must contact me to order.
Check my canvas maps collection to see which maps are currently available on canvas.
Canvas old maps are an interesting alternative to conventionally framed maps. Depending on your personal taste and room decor, canvas maps can "pop" a bit more than a framed map.
I print on responsibly sourced canvas with very high quality, fade-resistant inks. Then the canvas is stretched over a hand-glued solid wood frame - and yes, the wood is responsibly and renewably sourced.
The finished piece is 1.5 inches (3.8cm) deep and comes ready to hang.
Please note that because of the texture of canvas, some of the finer details on some maps will be harder to read than a map printed on paper.
At 36x24 inches (90x60cm) everything should be legible. But if you want to check before you order, please contact me.
If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.
I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984 and I'm a 5-star Etsy seller with 1000s of sales and reviews.
This is the cheapest place to buy my maps online.
I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.
Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.