The Darkest England Gazette

The Darkest England Gazette was a weekly publication issued by The Salvation Army between July 1893 and June 1894. Its purpose was to report on The Salvation Army's recently centralised social work, the 'Darkest England Scheme', in a way that appealed to a broad audience. For one penny, readers got twelve pages filled with reportage, plentiful illustrations, poetry, and fiction. 

On this page, you will find digital copies of articles from the Darkest England Gazette that you can read and download, as well as Research Guides that offer a brief introduction to prominent themes from the Gazette.

The "Darkest England Gazette" is intended to voice the miseries and plead the necessities of what have come to be known as the Submerged Classes.

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The Darkest England Gazette No 1

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The Darkest England Gazette No 26

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The Darkest England Gazette No 31

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The Darkest England Gazette No 36

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The Darkest England Gazette No 51

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Articles

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No. 16: 'The Case of Phoebe Atkins' (14 October 1893, p. 4)

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No. 29: 'To Our Readers' (13 January 1894, p. 4)

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No. 29: 'Esther Daniels' (13 January 1894, p. 6)

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Poetry and songs

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No. 3: 'The General's Social Ladder' (15 July 1893, p. 12)

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No. 17: 'The World Under New Management' (21 October 1893, p. 10)

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No. 39: 'England's Easter' (24 March 1894, p. 9)

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No. 39: 'An Easter Song' (24 March 1894, p. 12)

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Serial fiction

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Nos. 7-15: 'Lost and Found in London' (12 August-7 October 1893)

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Nos. 7-15: 'Lost and Found in London' (12 August-7 October 1893)

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Nos. 16-27: 'The Sheridan Girls' (14 October-30 December 1893)

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Nos. 16-27: 'The Sheridan Girls' (14 October-30 December 1893)

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Nos. 28-36: 'A Young Man from the Country' (6 January-3 March 1894)

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Nos. 28-36: 'A Young Man from the Country' (6 January-3 March 1894)

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Nos. 30-40: 'The Grotesque Removal Laws' (20 January-31 March 1894)

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Nos. 30-40: 'The Grotesque Removal Laws' (20 January-31 March 1894)

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Nos. 42-47: 'The Outcast' (14 April-19 May 1894)

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Nos. 42-47: 'The Outcast' (14 April-19 May 1894)

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Nos. 48-51: 'Joe Angus' (26 May-16 June 1894)

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Nos. 48-51: 'Joe Angus' (26 May-16 June 1894)

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Research guides

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About The Darkest England Gazette

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Addiction

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Animal welfare

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Fiction

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Labour campaigns

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Maternity and child care

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Poetry and songs

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The Poor Laws

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Prostitution and Rescue Work

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Salvation Army colonies

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Sweating

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