Slums in Tabard Street in Southwark - photograph

This is part of Tabard Street, Southwark, in 1916. A close-up view shows the end of a row of houses in poor condition. Tabard Street was the new name for Kent Street, a notorious slum, which lent its name to the phrase 'Kent Street Ejectment'. The phrase described the method employed by some landlords: if the tenants were more than two weeks in arrears with their rent, the landlord would remove the front door to encourage them to pay! Soon after this picture was taken, the houses were demolished by the London County Council, and red brick tenements put up in their place.
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Photographer : London County Council
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