Our Local History Group


We feel we are lucky to live in a historically very interesting area – which has already been quite well researched but which give opportunities for a lot more research.

The Inkerman Area History Group has met on an occasional basis over the last few years and had lectures from Gillian Tindall (Author of The Fields Beneath – the excellent history of Kentish Town) and Malcolm Holmes chief archivist and local historian and others.

We have produced a ‘History of the Area in Maps’.

We are scanning in the text and maps of the history and will post on the website along with more research as we accumulate it.

We have visited the Camden History Centre at Holborn Library and done research.

We have the results of the available census records for some streets and hope to build these up to a complete coverage of the area.

We helped to write our section of ‘The Streets of Kentish Town’ book.

If you are interested please contact us on inkermanara [at] hotmail.com

As of December 2020 we hope to get this revived – although the pandemic and lockdown restrict our visits to the Holborn Records, there is an ever increasing amount of material accessible online.


One resource that may be of interests is Booth’s Map of Poverty. These have been scanned in by the LSE – London Schoool of Economics.

Please see another section on this website.


The Maps Descriptive of London Poverty are perhaps the most distinctive product of Charles Booth’s Inquiry into Life and Labour in London (1886-1903). An early example of social cartography, each street is coloured to indicate the income and social class of its inhabitants.

Life and Labour of the People in London was a multi-volume book by  Charles Booth which provided a survey of the lives and occupations of the workling class of late 19th century London. The first edition was published in two volumes as Life and Labour of the People, Vol. I (1889) and Labour and Life of the People, Vol II (1891). This relied on information from schools.

The second edition was entitled Life and Labour of the People in London, and was produced in 9 volumes 1892-97. A third edition, running to a grand total of seventeen volumes appeared 1902-3.  They relied on having researchers walk the streets with local police who gave their views about the residents.

The original notebooks have been scanned in  And the notebooks are available at:


1889 one digitised by Univeryosy of michigan: http://www.umich.edu/~risotto/maxzooms/nw/nwd12.html

The later maps at: https://booth.lse.ac.uk/map/14/-0.1174/51.5064/100/0 .