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LONDON’S COSTERMONGERS – INDEX

In 1862, Henry Mayhew published his magnificent survey:London Labour and the London Poor. He opens the first volume with a detailed survey of the class of people who make their living on the streets of the metropolis, known as Costermongers. He then goes on to describe the varieties of people in each class. Below is […]

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London’s Costermongers: 3 – The Varieties of Costermongers

In 1862, Henry Mayhew published his magnificent survey: London Labour and the London Poor.He now defines for us the different types of Street-Folk to be found in London. Of these, the costermongers are a special breed, or even distinct race, who seldom associate with the other groups. Of Irish extraction, fully one half of the Costermongers […]

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Crime and Punishment: Mary Blandy

Mary Blandy was a young heiress of Henley-on-Thames who became passionately involved with the unscrupulous Hon. William Henry Cranstoun. This passion eventually and tragically cost her and her father their lives. Mr Francis Blandy was an attorney residing at Henley-on-Thames, and held the office of town clerk of that place. Possessed of ample means, his […]

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The Fatal Vespers: IIIc

In 1623 ninety-five people perished when the floor of a temporary chapel in the Blackfriars district collapsed. Two of our antiquaries, John Strype and Walter Thornbury, have left us vivid descriptions of the event. These differ in both the detail and, particularly, in the style. For these reasons it is informative to compare them. Here […]

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The Fatal Vespers: IIIb

In 1623 ninety-five people perished when the floor of a temporary chapel in the Blackfriars district collapsed. Two of our antiquaries, John Strype and Walter Thornbury, have left us vivid descriptions of the event. These differ in both the detail and, particularly, in the style. For these reasons it is informative to compare them. Here […]

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The Fatal Vespers IIIa

In 1623 ninety-five people perished when the floor of a temporary chapel in the Blackfriars district collapsed. Two of our antiquaries, John Strype and Walter Thornbury, have left us vivid descriptions of the event. These differ in both the detail and, particularly, in the style. For these reasons it is informative to compare them. Here […]

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The Annals of St. Paul’s: Chapter 3 Part 2

Wren’s St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the dominant images of tourist London. The religious history of the site, however, goes back to the very arrival of Christianity in England. Sitting atop one of the two hills of ancient London it has long gazed down on the doings of men and women. Few definitive histories […]

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London’s Costermongers: 2 – The Numbers of Costermongers

In 1862, Henry Mayhew published his magnificent survey: London Labour and the London Poor.He now comes to estimate the number of Costermongers who make regularly scrape a living from London’s markets. He finds that this shifting population is increasing at a rate faster than the general metropolitan population. By visiting each of the “green” and “fish” […]

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Crime and Punishment: Arthur Norcott and Mary Norcott, his Mother

This is an unusual murder case where the verdict turned on “touching the body,” one of the “trials by ordeal” that were used to determine the guilt or innocence of an accused person. A person accused of murder was made to touch the body of the victim. If they were guilty, God would cause the […]

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London Disasters: The Fatal Vespers: II

In 1623 ninety-five people perished when the floor of a temporary chapel in the Blackfriars district collapsed. Two of our antiquaries, John Strype and Walter Thornbury, have left us vivid descriptions of the event. These differ in both the detail and, particularly, in the style. Here is how the antiquarian Walter Thornbury, a journalist by […]