10. The Italian Murder and the Slums of Victorian and Edwardian Kingston upon Thames

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Kingston was gaining a reputation as a typically attractive suburban town. However, the town also suffered from a number of slum areas characterised by poverty, overcrowding and dreadful environmental conditions. Two of these areas were in Fairfield Place and Asylum Road which housed many of Kingston’s growing Italian community. A spotlight was shone on both of these roads by the publicity which surrounded what the press called “The Italian Murder” of 1900 and this book examines the social context in which the Italian community lived and worked, the role played by those in positions of authority, and the gradual assimilation of the Italian community into the local community.

ISBN 978-1-911145-00-4

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