Murder focused attention on conditions in the slums

Slum clearance in White's Row, Portsea, Portsmouth, in about 1929
Slum clearance in White's Row, Portsea, Portsmouth, in about 1929
Clarence Pier pre-1936. ''Another view of Clarence Pier, this time from where the trams terminated at the end of Pier Road, Southsea. 'Picture: Robert James Collection

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Slum clearance in White’s Row, Portsea, Portsmouth, in about 1929.

In the early years of the 20th century, Portsea already had a reputation as an area of slums, rife with vice and disease. But little was done until after the First World War.

The issue was brought to a head by the murder of Mary Pelham, a prostitute, in Blossom Alley.

The newspapers focused public attention on the appalling conditions.

In 1929 a huge rehousing scheme started in Portsea.