London 1847

Extract from the ‘Poor Man’s Guardian’ newspaper, 20 November 1847. (Catalogue ref: MH 12/7489)

This illustration was accompanied by an article written by Charles Cochrane, the chairman of the Poor Man’s Guardian Society, about the lives of the poor who lived in lodging houses in Field Lane, Clerkenwell in London. Charles Dickens probably used Field Lane in his novel ‘Oliver Twist’ as the location for Fagin’s hideout with his gang of child pickpockets.


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