Esoteric London

No. 47: Charterhouse Street, EC1

Posted in Markets by esotericlondon on May 4, 2010

Smithfield Market, Charterhouse Street, London, EC1. Photo © Roger Dean 1983

Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens, 1838:

It was market-morning. The ground was covered, nearly ankle-deep, with filth and mire; a thick steam, perpetually rising from the reeking bodies of the cattle, and mingling with the fog, which seemed to rest upon the chimney-tops, hung heavily above. All the pens in the centre of the large area, and as many temporary pens as could be crowded into the vacant space, were filled with sheep; tied up to posts by the gutter side were long lines of beasts and oxen, three or four deep. Countrymen, butchers, drovers, hawkers, boys, thieves, idlers, and vagabonds of every low grade, were mingled together in a mass; the whistling of drovers, the barking dogs, the bellowing and plunging of the oxen, the bleating of sheep, the grunting and squeaking of pigs, the cries of hawkers, the shouts, oaths, and quarrelling on all sides; the ringing of bells and roar of voices, that issued from every public-house; the crowding, pushing, driving, beating, whooping and yelling; the hideous and discordant dim that resounded from every corner of the market; and the unwashed, unshaven, squalid, and dirty figures constantly running to and fro, and bursting in and out of the throng; rendered it a stunning and bewildering scene, which quite confounded the senses.

See also post N0. 41

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  1. No. 41 « Esoteric London said, on May 18, 2010 at 10:12 am

    […] See also: post N0. 47 Tagged with: Fleet Street, Industrial action, News International, Rupert Murdoch, Wapping […]


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