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Spitalfields nippers: London's poorest children in the early 1900s – in pictures

Spitalfields nippers: London's poorest children in the early 1900s – in pictures

Drunken women fighting on a rooftop. from The People of the Abyss, by Jack London, circa 1903

Drunken women fighting on a rooftop. from The People of the Abyss, by Jack London, circa 1903

An unidentified alley in Lambeth, London c. 1860’s.  Uneven cobbles, walls jutting out and leaning as if about to collapse, and is that a costermonger’s barrow at the end of the alley?

An unidentified alley in Lambeth, London c. 1860’s. Uneven cobbles, walls jutting out and leaning as if about to collapse, and is that a costermonger’s barrow at the end of the alley?

Britain's slumdogs: The ragged and filthy East End children of just 100 years ago living a life of grime

Britain's slumdogs: The ragged and filthy East End children of just 100 years ago living a life of grime

Charlie Rouse was the last of the 'Watchmen' in London before the formation of the 'Peelers' who where the world's first police force.

Charlie Rouse was the last of the 'Watchmen' in London before the formation of the 'Peelers' who where the world's first police force.

Spitalfields nippers: London's poorest children in the early 1900s – in pictures

Spitalfields nippers: London's poorest children in the early 1900s – in pictures