Esoteric London

No. 218: Leonard Street, EC2

Posted in Graffiti, Markets by esotericlondon on December 29, 2010

Leonard Street, London, Ec2. Photo © Roger Dean 2010.

Below is a conservative estimate by Henry Mayhew of the Billingsgate trade around 1860:

Salmon . . 29,000 boxes, 7 in a box.

Cod, live . . 400,000, averaging 10 lb. each, ‘barrelled’ 15,000 barrels, 50 to a barrel, ‘salted’ 1,600,000, averaging 5 lb. each.

Haddocks . . 2,470,000, at 2 lb. each.

Sole . .  97,520,000, at 1/4 lb. each.

Mackerel . . 23,620,000, at 1 lb. each.

Herrings . . 250,000 barrels, at 150 each.

Bloaters . 265,000 baskets, at 150 each.

Eels . . . . 9,000,000, at 6 to 1 lb.

Whiting . . 17,920,000, at 6 oz. each.

Plaice . . . 36,600,000, at 1 lb, each.

Turbot . . . 800,000, at 7 lb. each.

Brill & Mullet . . 1,220,000, at 3 lb. each.

Oysters . . 500,000,000, at 400 to a peck.

Crabs . .  600,000,

Lobsters . . 1,200,000.

Prawns . . 12 tons, at 120 to 1 lb.

Shrimps . . 192,295 gallons, at 329 to a pint.

See also Post No. 18