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London Labour and the London Poor

Henry Mayhew tells the stories of two children in  “London Labour and the London Poor” and the harsh conditions they faced. In this he uses elements of both the Enlightenment and Romanticism. 249 more words

happy as a sandboy


The phrase (as) happy (or jollyas a sandboy means extremely happy or carefree.

A sandboy was a boy hawking sand for sale. It seems that the earliest use of the word is… 1,000 more words


Punch Cartoon

Punch was a British weekly magazine of humour and satire established in 1841 by Henry Mayhew and engraver Ebenezer Landells. Historically, it was most influential in the 1840s and 1850s, when it helped to coin the term “cartoon” in its modern sense as a humorous illustration. 54 more words



I am publishing through August on Pandaemonium a series of extracts from my books on the theme of historical fears of the masses and of democracy. 2,847 more words

Philosophy & Ethics


Many are familiar with the nursery rhyme about a young man named Simon who meets a pieman going to the fair.

Simple Simon met a…

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Prison Memoirs: Twelve Months in Tothill Fields Prison.

On the 28th March 1881 Susan Willis Fletcher was found guilty of obtaining a quantity of jewellery by means of deception and fraud, through the practise of spiritualism. 584 more words

Women's work, at Brixton Prison.

The practise of transporting convicts to the penal colonies served a number of purposes. It relieved the financial burden of housing prisoners and also removed the need of reintroducing prisoners back into society upon release. 512 more words