Category: People

1865 – A Thaw in the Streets of London

The frequent and sudden changes of temperature in the last few weeks have made an extraordinary difference in the aspects of London street-traffic from day to day. We lately gave an illustration of the...

Dudley Street, Seven Dials, London

Jerrold and Doré were both transfixed by the deprivation, squalor and wretchedness of the lives of the poor, even though they realised that London was changing and some of the worst social evils were...

Warehousing in the City

‘The warehouse-men pause aloft on their landing-stages, book in hand, to contemplate us … The man bending beneath an immense sack turns up his eyes from under his burden, and appears pleased that he...

1872 – Lemonade Vendor

Illustration of a lemonade vendor from ‘London: a pilgrimage’ by Blanchard Jerrold and Gustave Doré, 1872. Henry Mayhew in ‘London Labour and the London Poor’ (1861) records that lemonade was made from a mixture...

The Independent Shoe Black

From Street life in London by J Thomson and Adolphe Smith A LONG and uneven war has been waged for many years between the various members of the shoe-blacking fraternity. The factions that divide...

London Watchman – 18th Century

Scanned from ‘Old and New London – Its History, its people and its places’, published by Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co. 1878. Night watchmen patrolled the streets between 9 or 10 pm until sunrise,...

Titus Oates in the Pillory

Scanned directly from ‘Old and New London – Its History, its people and its places’, published by Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co. 1878. Illustration of Titus Oates in the Pillory. The Popish Plot was...

Scrambling for pence

Scanned directly from The Illustrated London News, Saturday May 27, 1876. The image shows men ‘scrambling for pence’ for the amusement of the crowd on the occasion of the visit to London by the...

Beer Street and Gin Lane

Set in the parish of St Giles, a notorious slum district, Gin Lane depicts the squalor and despair of a community raised on gin. Desperation, death and decay pervade the scene. The only businesses...