Robert Street, London, WC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2013
Life in the London Streets or Struggles for Daily Bread – Richard Rowe, 1881:
It is in the very core of the City proper that the fact that Easter Monday is a general holiday most forcibly asserts itself from the negative side. Sealed are the Bank and the Exchange, all Princes Street and Lombard Street, save for the gaping letter-boxes of the Post Office. Chapel Court and Austin Friars, Broad Street, Throgmorton Street, Threadneedle Street, Bartholomew Lane, Lothbury, are solitudes. The cliff-like tenements in Cornhill give no sign of life save in the appetising culinary whiffs which issue, or rather the pleasant scent of spicy soup persistently breathed out like the aroma of a flower, from the ground-floor of one of them.