Rev. Thomas Beames (1815 – 1864) was a Preacher and Assistant of St. James, Westminster in London. After witnessing first-hand some of the extreme poverty within Victorian society he compiled his own eye-witness accounts of the most notorious of the slum areas, known as rookeries. He published these observations in 1852 in the book The Rookeries of London.

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The folowing map shows the modern locations of the rookeries, or slum areas, mentioned in Thomas Beames’s book.