John Islip Street, London, SW1. Photo ©RogerDean 2015
The Wild Tribes of London – Watts Phillips, 1855:
The night is foggy, and the wet hangs in clustering dew drops, or drips from our hair as we walk; the night is foggy yet a brisk trade is still doing in the [Petticoat] Lane and its neighbourhood. Lights show faintly in the shops, throwing a dim, uncertain light upon many things – chiefly upon the dirty faces of the owners, as they sit smoking among their merchandise, but failing to illumine the many recesses of their establishments, which, lost in a seemingly impenetrable darkness, lend a sinister and mysterious aspect to everything around.