Lodgers and Lodging in Victorian and Edwardian London - public talk for London Metropolitan Archives

Activity: OtherPublic engagement, outreach and knowledge exchange - Public Lecture/debate/seminar


The streets of Victorian and Edwardian
London were crowded with lodgings and
lodging houses. From well-to-do bachelors
residing in the smarter parts of town to less
well-off spinsters and poor families making
do in London’s shabbier districts, a range
of lodgings emerged to cater for the many
classes of weekly and nightly lodger in
the city. From the mid-nineteenth century
the common lodging-house was subject
to increasing statutory control as social
reformers raised concerns for the moral
and sanitary conditions of the houses. At
the same time, ‘model’ common lodging
houses were established and controlled by
charitable organisations, and at the end of
the century by the London County Council.
The session, run by Dr Jane Hamlett and
Dr Rebecca Preston of Royal Holloway
University of London, with contributions
from LMA Archivists, will introduce the
subject of lodging-house life, 1840
--1914 through a variety of historical
sources from LMA’s rich collections.
Period25 Sept 2010