Esoteric London

No. 483: Wardrobe Terrace, EC4

Posted in Architectural, Crime and Punishment by esotericlondon on January 4, 2012

Wardrobe Terrace, London,EC4. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

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

Housebreakers and Burglars.

Breaking into houses, shops, and warehouses is accomplished in various ways, such as picking the locks with skeleton keys; inserting a thin instrument between the sashes and undoing the catch of the windows, which enables the thieves to lift up the under sash; getting over the walls at the back, and breaking open a door or window which is out of sight of the street, or other public place; lifting the cellar-flap or area-grating; getting into an empty house next door, or a few doors off, and passing from the roof to that of the house they intend to rob; entering by an attic window, or trap-door, and if there are neither window nor door on the roof, taking off some of the tiles and entering the house. Sometimes the thieves will make an entry through a brick wall in an adjoining building, or climb the waterspout to get in at the window. These are the general modes of breaking into houses.

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