Esoteric London

No. 457: Albion Road, N16

Posted in London Types by esotericlondon on November 29, 2011

Albion Road, London, N16. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

The Times 11th April 1855:

A young man in petticoats, who gave the name of Smith, but who, on being subsequently held to bail, described himself as Thomas Francis Druce, a brewer, of Chelsea, was charged with visiting the Holborn Casino in female costume.

The appearance of the defendant created no little amusement in court, for the delusion was almost perfect. He had been to the expense of providing himself with a wig of long black hair, dressed in the approved style of the period, and surmounted by the popular “roll,” or crescent curl, a fashionable bonnet being suspended in the rear. He was also supplied with rouge, and other articles of the toilet, and, although the effect of a night’s confinement in the cell, coupled with the returning beard of morn, had somewhat marred the feminine aspect of his face, as exhibited in court, it was stated that the defendant’s “make up” on the previous night was such as to defy detection.