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The decline and fall of an early modern slum: London’s St Giles ‘Rookery’ c. 1550-1850

Crymble, A; (2022) The decline and fall of an early modern slum: London’s St Giles ‘Rookery’ c. 1550-1850. Urban History 10.1017/S0963926821000183. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

The Rookery of London's St Giles-in-the-Fields became the city's most notorious slum by the eighteenth century. This article asks why? Why there, why then and why for so long? Building on existing research about urban development and the failure of local government, by considering the geography, economics and legal influences acting upon the space and the people who interacted with it over the long durée, it becomes clear that the Rookery of St Giles-in-the-Fields was always high risk because of happenstance of geography, but that a lack of leadership from its owners and a system of urban upkeep that distributed responsibility too widely led to its longevity and the depth of its misfortune.

Type: Article
Title: The decline and fall of an early modern slum: London’s St Giles ‘Rookery’ c. 1550-1850
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0963926821000183
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0963926821000183
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Information Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10119404
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