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Impoverished Victorians revealed in photographs
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 12:22 pm 
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Sitting on long wooden benches in a dimly-lit hall, rows of men - scruffy and unwashed - look grimly at the camera as they ready for another night in the shelter.

Every one of them has paid one penny - roughly 32p today - for a space on the bench or on the floor. Their night will be spent sitting up, or leaning against a cold, dank wall.

This shelter in Blackfriars, London, was set up by the Salvation Army in the early 1890s - one of a number of places that provided temporary housing to thousands who were poor or homeless. Read more


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