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Crisis at Christmas & St Botolphs (60 images)

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Wet shelters at St Botolph's Crypt & Crisis at Christmas in the late '70s.

These non judgemental refuges were open to all comers. Drinkers and drug users were as welcome as anyone else and there was no restriction on their consumption. Filthy, noisy, smelly and sometimes violent the shelters provided food, warmth, medical support and companionship for many years before their humane and accepting ethos was killed off by regulation.
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