London's East End
He outlines in vivid detail the development of the neighbourhoods that constitute the East End. In a series of information-filled chapters, he explores East End industries and employment - the docks, warehouses, factories, markets and shops. He looks at its historic poverty and describes how it gained a reputation for criminality, partly because of notorious criminals like Jack the Ripper and the Krays. This dark side to the history contrasts with the liveliness of the East End entertainments and the strong social bonds of the immigrants who made their home there - Huguenots, Jews, Bangladeshis and many others.
Throughout the book details are given of the records that researchers can consult in order to delve into the history for themselves - online sites, archives, libraries, books and museums.