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The Ghost Map

Author(s): Gregory Vogt, Ed.D.

Soho District Map, 1856

The Soho District was a quarter square mile tract of London where more than 10,000 people lived in poverty. 

It’s many narrow streets were covered with cobblestones, making walking difficult. On either side of the streets were dingy, smoke-stained shops, wood and brick apartment buildings, cowsheds, pig-stys, and slaughterhouses. 


Cobblestones are rounded stones set into the street. The bumps in the stones helped horses find traction as they clopped along with carriages or wagons in tow.

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