Image: The Gentle Author
Spitalfields used to be one of the worst slums in London. Only 30 years before these pictures were taken one of Jack the Ripper’s victims died in its streets. These fabulous images were taken in 1912 by photographer Horace Warner who wonderfully captured the emotions and living conditions of these children.
The boy pictured here may be grinning, and the glint in his eye implies he hasn’t a care in the world, but the reality of living in the area would have been very different, as you can see by the rags he is wearing for clothes.