Esoteric London

No. 585: Canonbury Place, N1

Posted in Graffiti, Markets by esotericlondon on May 25, 2012

Canonbury Place, London, N1. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

The West and East Ends of London – Richard Harding Davis in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, January 1894:

On Sunday morning Petticoat Lane is divided into three thoroughfares made by two rows of handcarts, drays, and temporary booths ranged along each gutter. The people pass up and down these three lanes in a long continuous stream, which stops and congests at certain points of interest and then breaks on again. Everything that is sold, and most things that are generally given or thrown away, are for sale on this street on Sunday morning. It is quite useless to enumerate them, “everything”  is comprehensive enough; the fact that they sell for nothing is the main feature of interest. It is the most excellent lesson in the value of money that the world gives. You learn not only the value of a penny, but the value of a farthing. A silver sixpence shines like a diamond with the rare possibilities it presents, and a five-pound note will buy half a mile of merchandise. All of the dealers call their wares at one and the same tune, and abuse the rival dealers by way of relaxation. The rival dealer does not mind this, but regards it as a form of advertisement, and answers in kind, and the crowd listens with delighted interest., “Go on,’ one of the men will cry from the back of his cart— “go on an’ buy his rotten clothes. O’course he sells ‘em cheap. ‘Cos why! ‘Cos he never pays his pore workin’ people their waiges. He’s a blooming sweater, ‘e is; e never gives nothink to his workers but promises and kicks; that’s all ‘Ammerstein gives. Yes, you do; you know you do. And what ‘appens, why, ‘is clothes is all infected with cholera, and falls to pieces in the sun and shrinks up in the rain. They ain’t fit for nothink but to bury folks in, ‘cos if yer moves in ‘em they falls ter pieces and leaves you naked.”

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  1. dedyandriantoexperience said, on May 25, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Haha.. This is cool! =)

  2. Jay said, on May 25, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Thanks for making me laugh this morning!


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