Cheshire Street, London, E2. Photo © Roger Dean 2012
Sketches in London – James Grant, 1838:
I have mentioned, in my First Series of “The Great Metropolis,” the case of the black man with one eye and snow-white hair tied behind, who died some years ago, leaving many hundred pounds to one of the late Aldernman Waithman’s daughters, all of which money he had amassed by means of his broom at the crossing, on Bridge street side, from Ludgate street to Fleet street. The reason why this old black left his money to Miss Waithman, was that she not only gave him a penny or a halfpenny more frequently than any one else, but enhanced the value of the gift by condescending to accompany it with a gracious smile.