Freshwater Road, Chadwell Heath, Romford, Dagenham, RM8 1SP. Photo ©RogerDean 2014
Paved with Gold – Augustus Mayhew, 1858:
The pert London sparrows seem almost to have disappeared with the frost, and the few that remain have a wretched half-torpid look, and have gone all fluffy and turned to a mere brown ball of feathers. In the suburbs, the robins are seen for the first time leaving little trident impressions of their feet on the garden snow, and their scarlet bosoms looking red as Christmas berries against the white earth.