Sir Walter Besant (1836-1901) was a novelist, historian and philanthropist. His work was influential on bringing attention to social issues in London’s East End, a notoriously poor region heavily associated with crime in the Victorian period, and was involved in the establishment of the People’s Palace. His worked helped mobilise movements and policy to help the poor, and contributed to important reform acts at the end of the 19th century.
Besant, Walter. “England in 1842.” Jubilee: 50 Years of the Illustrated London News (Special Number). Illustrated London News, 14 May 1892
Besant, Walter. “For Faith and Freedom.” Illustrated London News, 17 Nov. 1888
Besant, Walter. “Married Bereath Him.” Illustrated London News, 27 May 1899
Besant, Walter. “The World Went Very Well Then.” Illustrated London News, 10 July 1886