Kensington High Street

For this assignment I chose to research about Kensington High Street. This street was in The Adventure of the Six Napoleons, and it was very important for the plot of the history because it was the location of Harding Brothers, who were responsible for selling several of the Napoleonic busts.

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Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 12.07.43 AMI decided to start my research by using Old Bailey on the website Locating London, at first I tried a more accurate search but I got nothing, then I did a wide search with no data on the form except for the location I wanted and -surprisingly- 11403 hits appeared. They were most related to burglary and shoplifting, which makes sense because Kensington High Street is the main and most popular shopping street in Kensington.

According to Charles Booth Online Archive, the main social status in Kensington High Street around 1898 was pretty mixed as you can see in the picture below, and and if you look around the map you can see that the majority is classified as middle class.

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I tried using the website Historical Eye but I found it very confusing and didn’t help me with my Kensington High Street’s search. The websites that gave me more information about the street were Charles Booth Online Archive and Locating London, they provided all the information I needed to write this blog post.

Works Cited: 

N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2014.

“Kensington High Street.” Charles Booth Online Archive: Booth Poverty Map.
London School of Economics and Political Science. Web. 10 November 2014.


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