A London Slum: Market Court, Kensington. Demolished in the late 1860s. One is used to seeing photographs of the poor in London's East Endm but Kensington, the home of Harrods and Harvy Nichols? Today Kensington is a fashionable, very expensive part of London, but once it provided housing for the poor. This scene is further notable because the upper floor of the building has both wood facing and wood inner construction [see the wooden beams under the eaves at right], something no longer legal.
Bentley, Nicholas. The Victorian Scene: 1837-1901. London: Spring Books, 1971.
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