About The Secret History of Our Streets

In 1886, Charles Booth embarked on an ambitious plan to visit every one of London's streets to record the social conditions of residents

London Streets

His project took him 17 years. Once he had finished he had constructed a groundbreaking series of maps, which recorded the social class and standing of inhabitants, they went on to transform the way Victorians felt about their city.

This channel premiere series takes six archetypal London streets as they are now, discovering how they have fared since Booth's day. Booth colour coded each street, from yellow for the 'servant keeping classes', down to black for the 'vicious and semi-criminal'.

Camberwell Grove has come full circle, from middle-class prosperity to tight-knit working-class community and back to middle-class affluence again. Through the lively, often passionate accounts of residents past and present the film tells the story of the changing faces of this remarkable street and the people who have lived in and loved its beautiful houses.