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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

Winkles, Loneliness and Treats in Nineteenth Century London

A common periwinkle (Littorina littorea) shell

I’ve been analyzing a series of samples from a large post-medieval soakaway/ cesspit feature associated with a house on the margin of the City of London. 416 more words


The Cockney Novelists | Spitalfields Life

Originally posted on Spitalfields Life.

The ‘Cockney’ – that is the born East Ender – has long since been a regular figure in fiction. Originally, in appearances from Jacobean plays to mid-nineteenth century sporting fiction, the type was not working-class. 146 more words

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The History Girls: Meeting Mr. Punch, by Y S Lee

Originally posted on The History Girls.

As one of the international History Girls, I didn’t grow up with Punch and Judy. I knew vaguely who they were, and thought I understood what the show signified: children’s street entertainment. 143 more words



Let’s talk about the class system.  In my Sociology ‘A’ Level class, I vaguely remember the teacher bemoaning the rigidity of the Hindu caste system in India, but presenting the British class system as something which you could transcend.   770 more words