Hare Walk, London, N1. Photo ©RogerDean 2015
London: A Pilgrimage – Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold, 1872:
An after-dark journey by the river-side is an expedition to be undertaken cautiously, and in safe company. In the Ratcliff district there is a strong dislike to the appearance of people who belong to the West of London. Muttered oaths and coarse jests follow in the wake of the stranger seasoned in proportion to the richness of his appearance. A fop of St. James’s Street would fare badly if he should attempt a solitary pilgrimage to Shadwell. His air of wealth would be regarded as aggressive and impertinent in those regions, upon which the mark of poverty is set in lively colors. It is remarkable that the poverty of the river-side is unlike that of Drury Lane or Bethnal Green. The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune pierce a rollicking company by the water.