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Story Of London

The Annals of St. Paul’s: Chapter 3 part 1

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: 1 – The Street Folk

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. He begins […]

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Crime & Punishment Story Of London

Crime and Punishment: Stephen Eaton, George Roades and Sarah Swift

In july 1669, the Reverend John Talbot came to London in connection with a lawsuit. About four in the afternoon he became aware that he was being followed by six persons. Having tried, for hours, to give them the slip he finally took refuge with a gentleman of Gray’s Inn. Late that night he set […]

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London Disasters: The Fatal Vespers: I

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. One was a Divine, the other a Journalist. For these […]

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Story Of London

The Annals of St. Paul’s: Chapter 2 part 5

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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Mayhew’s London Prostitutes: Completed

In 1862, Henry Mayhew published his analysis of the prostitution business in London. It formed a part of his magnificent survey: London Labour and the London Poor, extracts from which we continue to publish on this site. In the final extract, Mayhew defines for us the five classes of cohabiting prostitutes that were to be found in London. […]

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Story Of London Victorian

Victorian Etiquette XIII: Cards

The London Journal, launched in 1845, was one of the most widely read publications of nineteenth-century Britain. Its weekly appearance ushered in the period when mass-market reading, in a modern sense, was born. Between April 12 and August 30 1845, the Journal carried seventeen articles under the heading “Etiquette for the Millions,” written by G.W.M […]

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Story Of London

The Annals of St. Paul’s: Chapter 2 part 1

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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Mayhew’s London Prostitutes: IX

In 1862, Henry Mayhew published his analysis of the prostitution business in London. It formed a part of his magnificent survey: London Labour and the London Poor, extracts from which we continue to publish on this site. In this extract we meet two unfortunate women who have been reduced to prostitution but whose appearances force them to ply […]

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Edwardian Story Of London

Edwardian London IX: Round About the Monument

In 1905 the Pall Mall Magazine published a “little book [which] will appeal to all who wish to possess what is really a portfolio, in a handy form, of beautiful drawings and photographs of the marvellous New LONDON which is rising up around them day by day.” The first part of the guide was effectively […]