At the beginning of the twentieth century the burgeoning furniture industry, which was long established in Hoxton and Shoreditch, led to the clearance of several residential areas, for the construction of several warehouses.
Charles Booth in “Life and Labour of the People in London” of 1902 gave the following description: “The character of the whole locality is working-class. Poverty is everywhere, with a considerable admixture of the very poor and vicious … Large numbers have been and are still being displaced by the encroachment of warehouses and factories … The great change during the last 10 years has been the displacement of dwelling houses by warehouses and factories, the last to leave the more central parts being the very poor or the inhabitants of model dwellings. (They) have been forced further afield, often going as far as Tottenham or Walthamstow”.
Aditya Chakrabortty,The Guardian, Monday 10 November 2014 20.45 GMT; The story of the millionaire Tory MP and the tenants facing homelessness One estate’s tradition of providing affordable flats is ending with the rush to cash in on the housing boom