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Ruston's Place, (from Caunts Yard)
Nottingham City Council
Off Bellar Gate, Barker Gate Area
Nottingham, Lace Market
About this image
This is one of a series of photographs taken by the City Council Health and Engineers Departments to record poor housing conditions, prior to their demolition as part of the post World War 1 housing programs of the 1920's. The photograph shows back-to-back housing with no internal plumbing, no through ventilation, open drains in the communal yard with a water tap at the end of the drain. The were built cheaply and as close as possible to provide housing for factory workers during the Industrial Revolution. The people living there would have shared toilet closets and a wash house at the end of the yard. The women here are probably 'rag picking' to supplement their income, by sorting through old clothes, repairing and salvaging some, removing buttons and lace, before selling the remainder for rags.