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Institutes & Settlements
Towards the end of the nineteenth century many people in London became aware of the deep divisions which existed between rich and poor. Some Christian people, in particular, wanted to help the poor in practical ways and also to provide spiritual and moral guidance. Many of the buildings and institutions which are still familiar landmarks in Canning Town today developed from the work of the philanthropic settlements which they established.
Some local employers were also keen to encourage their workers to make good use of their free time. For example, Arnold Hills, director of the Thames Iron Works provided a wide range of leisure and educational opportunities for his employees.
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Last updated 17 February 2003