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Bidder Street, Canning Town.

Bidder Street, Canning Town.
Bidder Street, Canning Town.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H4336
Description: The area around the docks expanded rapidly during the 19th century as people seeking work moved to the port districts. Conditions were, however, poor. Sometimes houses were divided in half, to accommodate two families, but this often meant that one family had to make do without a supply of drinking water. The 1890 Housing Act, which made it the responsibility of local councils to provide decent accommodation for local people, gradually improved things, but conditions remained bad well into the 20th century.
Creator: Unknown
Date: 1924
Credit line: Newham Archives and Local Studies Library Collection
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