No. 857: Copenhagen Street, N1
Edward Square, Copenhagen Street, London, N1. Photo © Roger Dean 2013
Life in the London Streets or Struggles for Daily Bread – Richard Rowe, 1881:
“PITY THE POOR BLIND”
In his book, Mr. Levy has laid claim to the possession of what he calls “Facial Perception.” This power of “seeing through the face,” as they call it, the Marylebone blind people, to whom the portion of Mr. Levy’s book describing it has been previously read, unanimously declare to be utterly foreign to their personal and recollected experience. As there can be no doubt, however, that Mr. Levy believes in the personal experiences he has recorded, I will quote his account of this “unrecognised sense,” as either a physiological or else a psychological curiosity:-
“Whether within a house or in the open air, whether walking or standing still, I can tell, although quite blind, when I am opposite an object, and can perceive whether it be tall or short, slender or bulky. I can also detect whether it be a solitary object or a continuous fence, whether it be a close fence or composed of open rails, and often whether it be a wooded fence, [...].