Esoteric London

No. 199: Paternoster Square, EC4

Posted in Food, London Labour, Public Art by esotericlondon on December 2, 2010

Paternoster Square, London, EC4. Photo © Roger Dean 2010

London Labour and the London Poor – Henry Mayhew, 1851:

A brief account of the cries once prevalent 
among the street-sellers will show somewhat 
significantly the change in the diet or regale
ments of those who purchase their food in the
 street. Some of the articles are not vended in 
the public thoroughfares now, while others are 
still sold, but in different forms.

“Hot sheep’s feet,” for instance, were cried
 in the streets in the time of Henry V.; they are 

now sold cold, at the doors of the lower-priced
 theatres, and at the larger public-houses.

[ The above photograph is of Elizabeth Frink’s sculpture Paternoster which stands in Paternoster Square and was unveiled by Yehudi Menuhin in 1975. R.D.]

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  1. SilverSeason said, on January 1, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I have been reading Henry Mayhew’s London Labour and the London Poor and am excited by how good it is. Food is only part of it. He speaks specifically of the London neighborhoods, who lives there, what they sell. My comments: http://silverseason.wordpress.com/2011/01/01/london-labour-and-the-london-poor/

    • esotericlondon said, on January 2, 2011 at 1:21 am

      Hello Silver, and welcome. Yes, Mayhew is wonderful and an incredible, if you think about it, resource. How easily we could have not had his book! Your blog is really interesting; really enjoyable and elucidating discussions of Wolf Hall. It’s on the list, and your remarks about the English Bible, and the mythmaking around both More and Cromwell, are really interesting. Thanks!


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