Housing campaigners in the late 19th century spoke out about the links between poverty and disease. The clip includes the testimony of Charles Booth, businessman and philanthropist, who surveyed the East End of London; Octavia Hill, reformer, who speaks about the deplorable housing and insanitary conditions in Marylebone, London; and the Rev Samuel Barnett, minister, who asks the rich to do more to help the working poor. There is a particularly vivid description from Booth of a one room family who are ill-nourished and living off tea, bread, margarine and some supplements from the local parish. He describes them as, "...the poorest on my list but typical of a great many others".

This clip is from:
Britain 1750-1900 - Part 1
First broadcast:
28 May 2008

Watch the clip and then set students the task of creating particulars for a house being sold by 'Horrible Houses Estate Agents'. What features make the house so unpleasant to live in?