‘Model’ Lodging House

Drawing of a model lodging house in St Giles, George Street, London, Illustrated London News, 23 January 1847, Catalogue ref: ZPER 34/10 p61.  

This lodging house was built on land bought by the Society for Improving the Condition of the Labouring classes in a street occupied by crowded lodging houses. The Society was founded in 1844 by Lord Shaftesbury with Prince Albert as its President. Their aim was to provide sanitary accommodation for deserving poorer workers. This building housed 104 single male lodgers. It was hoped that it would become a model for other towns.  

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