Large soup kitchen

#Picture Number SO172

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Victorian illustration to download showing a large soup kitchen in Spitalfields, London, showing the huge scale of distress among poor people in the 1860s. A vast crowd of poor people wait patiently in a big warehouse. Women are ladling soup into jugs held out by men, women and children. To one side of the warehouse men tend smoking ovens. A man carries large saucepans of soup and places them behind the women, ready for them to dispense the soup to the waiting crowd.