Sarah Wise: ‘The Fairyland of Horror’ - a Shoreditch slum, and the lies that were told about it
Police would not patrol there, even in daylight; no strangers would chance their arm there; it was a nest of cosh-carriers and prostitutes. The Old Nichol in central East London has had a terrible press over the past 150 years or so. But did it deserve it?
Historian Sarah Wise has pieced together a much more complex picture of life in the slum. And in the process, the Nichol legend dies a death.