Caricature of The Two Obadiahs
Caricature of The Two Obadiahs, J Willing Senior and J Willing Junior. "What! Disgrace your family name, Jim, by writing plays! What next!" 'James Willing' was actually a pseudonym for John Thomas Douglass (1842-1917), manager of the Standard Theatre, Shoreditch, London, and it is not clear whether the younger 'Willing' existed or was simply just another pseudonym, to avoid Douglass's name appearing as the author of too many plays.
© Terry Parker / Mary Evans Picture Library
Acute housing problem in the East End
These illustrations show scenes of congestion in Shoreditch and Whitechapel where the housing problem was most acute. Included are a congested street in Shoreditch, a street corner in Shoreditch, a fried-fish shop or the 'communal dining room' of these overcrowded areas and a staircase in a house in Whitechapel. Date: 18/10/1919
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
Hackney Union School, Brentwood, Essex
The Hackney Union School at Brentwood. In 1885 Hackney took over what had been the Brentwood District School, originally set up by the Shoreditch Board of Guardians in 1854 to house pauper children away from the workhouse. From about 1917, the site was used by the Metropolitan Asylums Board to house 'sane epileptics'. It later became known as St Faith's Hospital.
© Mary Evans / Peter Higginbotham Collection