Gambling, Homelessness, Human trafficking
Helen Castor hosts the last in the series, going back to the gambling crisis of the 18th century and discussing human trafficking in the 19th century.
Helen Castor is joined in the studio by Professor Lucy Robinson from the University of Sussex.
As concerns grow about fixed-odds betting machines on our high streets, Matthew Greent takes us back to a gambling crisis over 200 years ago in London.
Dr Rachael Attwood explores the dangerous, de-humanising world of nineteenth century human trafficking and, as the numbers of rough sleepers grows on Britain's streets, we find out about homelessness in the past.
And the last in our challenge to find the place that is top for history in the UK - Top Town History.
Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.
Eighteenth Century Gambling Frenzy
At a time when there is great concern about on-line and high street betting, Tom Holland takes a look at what was going on in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries when people bet and lost fortunes.
Tom is joined by the author of London: A Travel Guide Through Time Dr Matthew Green
Brighton author Norman Miller tells the remarkable riches to rags story of Regency rake ‘'Mad Jack' Mytton
Despite the difficulties in knowing exact numbers, homelessness charities believe that rough-sleeping is on the rise throughout the UK. Look around our towns and cities at night, at the numbers of bodies in shop doorways and that impression is reinforced. Throughout history there have been those unfortunate enough to become homeless but they are rarely featured in our history books.
Helen talks to Professor Nicholas Crowson at the University of Birmingham who researches homelessness in the century from 1880.
Watch Professor Crowson’s Tramp Tales