Poor and squalid streets are found, in close proximity to the wealthiest localities, between Marylebone Road and St John's Wood Road, and about High Street in the south, the .site of the original village.
The modern er-Riha is a poor squalid village of, it is estimated, about 300 inhabitants.
Here are squalid streets and mean houses typical of the poorest class of inhabitants.
Many squalid districts, however, have been improved away to make room for new thoroughfares and handsome buildings.
Gilbert Walmesley, registrar of the ecclesiastical court of the diocese, a man of distinguished parts, learning and know ledge of the world, did himself honour by patronizing the young adventurer, whose repulsive person, unpolished manners and squalid garb moved many of the petty aristocracy of the neighbourhood to laughter or disgust.