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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

Dodger by Terry Pratchett (Fencers, Snakesmen, and Toshers)

“This is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.”

It is the very first book I read by Terry Pratchett. 856 more words


No. 26: Of Street Piemen, Henry Mayhew

Prior to reading these chronicles of Victorian London, I had no existing knowledge of Henry Mayhew. I restrained from typing his name into any search engine, relishing the prospect of my first Little Black Classic being a complete unknown. 1,113 more words

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