Esoteric London

No. 437: Coulgate Street, SE4

Posted in Housing, Lettering by esotericlondon on November 1, 2011

Coulgate Street, London, SE4. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

How the Poor Live – George R. Sims, 1883:

One of the greatest evils of the overcrowded districts of London is the water supply. I might almost on this head imitate the gentleman who wrote a chapter on Snakes in Iceland, which I quote in its entirety – “There are no snakes in Iceland.” To say, however, that in these districts there is no water supply would be incorrect, but it is utterly inadequate to the necessities of the people. In many houses more water comes through the roof than through a pipe […].

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  1. mary walton said, on November 1, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I love this. It is entirely appropriate to what I’m writing myself. Can you please tell me more
    or direct me to “snakes in Iceland”? Thanks and regards…Mary (

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