Photos Of Slum Life In London 1969-72

From 1969 to 1972, photographer Nick Hedges took pictures of life in London, England. Nick was hired by housing charity Shelter to travel round England and Scotland documenting the lives of families living in slum and squalor. Is this you or someone you know in these pictures?

 

An elderly pensioner living in a damp basement flat South London 1970

An elderly pensioner living in a damp basement flat South London 1970

Single parent living in one room, Tottenham 1972

Single parent living in one room, Tottenham 1972

Single mum living in one room Highbury 1972

Single mum living in one room Highbury 1972

Father and child in a hostel for the homeless London 1971

Father and child in a hostel for the homeless London 1971

Elderly single man in the kitchen of his basement flat Lambeth 1970

Elderly single man in the kitchen of his basement flat Lambeth 1970

Portrait of mother and toddler living in overcrowded housing South London 1971

Portrait of mother and toddler living in overcrowded housing South London 1971

Portrait of mother and her children living in temporary accommodation South London 1971

Portrait of mother and her children living in temporary accommodation South London 1971

Portrait of mother and daughter living in poor housing Brixton 1972

Portrait of mother and daughter living in poor housing Brixton 1972

Portrait of elderly single man in his basement flat, Lambeth 1970

Portrait of elderly single man in his basement flat, Lambeth 1970

Mother living in one bedroom flat, Tottenham 1972

Mother living in one bedroom flat, Tottenham 1972

Living in a single room N. London 1970

Living in a single room N. London 1970

Dormitory of hostel for the homeless Dartmouth Park 1969

Dormitory of hostel for the homeless Dartmouth Park 1969

Dormitory of hostel for the homeless Dartmouth Park 1969

Dormitory of hostel for the homeless Dartmouth Park 1969

Doorstep conversation, Brent 1969

Doorstep conversation, Brent 1969

Courtyard of Chaucer House Hostel for the Homeless South London 1971

Courtyard of Chaucer House Hostel for the Homeless South London 1971

Child on balcony of her tenement block, Southwark 1970

Child on balcony of her tenement block, Southwark 1970

Child dreaming on balcony of her tenement block, Southwark 1970

Child dreaming on balcony of her tenement block, Southwark 1970

Single parent living in one room Tottenham 1972

Single parent living in one room Tottenham 1972

Single mum living in a single room Notting Hill 1972

Single mum living in a single room Notting Hill 1972

OAP living in damp basement flat Lambeth 1970

OAP living in damp basement flat Lambeth 1970

Mother child and kitten living in slum property N London 1971

Mother child and kitten living in slum property N London 1971

Mother and son in foul kitchen basement Battersea 1970

Mother and son in foul kitchen basement Battersea 1970

Married couple and family living in overcrowded flat, South London 1972

Married couple and family living in overcrowded flat, South London 1972

Living accommodation hostelfor the homeless Dartmouth Park 1969

Living accommodation hostel for the homeless Dartmouth Park 1969

Kitchen on a Brixton staircase London 1972

Kitchen on a Brixton staircase London 1972

In a hostel for the homeless Dartmouth Park 1969

In a hostel for the homeless Dartmouth Park 1969

Children gossiping on the roof of their tenement block, Wandsworth 1969

Children gossiping on the roof of their tenement block, Wandsworth 1969

Young family living in one room South London 1972

Young family living in one room South London 1972

Street scene, Lambeth 1970

Street scene, Lambeth 1970

OAP living in damp basement flat Lambeth 1970

OAP living in damp basement flat Lambeth 1970

Kitchen of a basement flat Wandsworth 1970

Kitchen of a basement flat Wandsworth 1970

Courtyard of Chaucer House Hostel for the Homeless no 2 South London 1971

Courtyard of Chaucer House Hostel for the Homeless no 2 South London 1971

Children playing on the roof of their tenement block, Wandsworth 1969

Children playing on the roof of their tenement block, Wandsworth 1969

Child playing in the courtyard of a homeless hostel London 1969

Child playing in the courtyard of a homeless hostel London 1969

 

We’ve pages dedicated to each city Nick visited: Glasgow, Liverpool (Volume 1 and Volume 2), Newcastle, London, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham (Volume 1 and Volume 2), Salford, Leeds, Whitechapel (London) and Bradford.