The 18th Century History and Archives of East London - A Half-day Course on 19 January

Develop a much better understanding of the lives and occupations of East Enders in the 18th Century.  Derek Morris offers a detailed analysis of a wide range of archives. He places particular emphasis on the Sun Fire Office insurance policies, the land tax, freemasonry and the 1750s tax on silver and carriages. The information from all these sources challenges the stereotypical association of East London with poverty, crime and anarchy. Derek shows how we now have a much better understanding of the importance of the local industries and networks to the economy of London and overseas trade.

Several of the parishes, such as Whitechapel in the mid-18th Century, had a population of about 25,000, double the size of Hull and about the same size as Glasgow and Liverpool. The people who lived there were from all levels of society, from the poorest to richest, living cheek by jowl, and drawn from all over the world. The local society included actors, artists and writers, as well as international traders and skilled compass and gun makers.

Derek Morris has written four well-regarded books on the social history of the area and has often led walks for the SoG.

A Half-day course on Saturday, 19 January (10:30-13:00), cost £20.00/£16.00 SoG members . Places should be pre-booked, through our website or by telephone: 020 7553 3290 (Tue-Thu & Sat). Do you have a question? email the events department.

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