Esoteric London

No. 399: Burlington Gardens, W1

Posted in Shops, Statues by esotericlondon on September 8, 2011

Royal Academy, Burlington Gardens, London, W1. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

Unsentimental Journeys; or Byways of the Modern Babylon – James Greenwood, 1867:

I don’t by any means wish to convey the idea that I found Brick Lane overflowing with milk and honey -I did not expect to find it so; but, as an honest reporter, I am bound to say that, after all I had recently read of this plague-parish, I expected to find a leaner and more drouthy state of things than appeared.

The butchers’ shops, from the first-floor windows to the stall-boards, were hung with ribs, and sirloins, and aitch-bones, and shoulders and legs of mutton fat enough to excite the admiration of an Esquimaux. At Mr. Faggotty’s, the pork and sausage shop, there hung a pig of such vast dimensions that made it a wonder, the natural perversity of porcine nature considered, how they ever managed to drive, or back, or sling him through Mr. Faggotty’s narrow slaughter-house doorway.

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