Esoteric London

No. 576: Stoke Newington Road, N16

Posted in Lettering, Markets by esotericlondon on May 14, 2012

Stoke Newington Road, London, N16. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

London Labour and the London Poor; A Cyclopaedia of the Condition and Earnings of Those That Will Work, Those That Cannot Work, and Those That Will Not Work, Volume I – Henry Mayhew, 1851:

The fish sent to London is known to Billingsgate salesmen as “red” and “white” fish. The red fish is, as regards the metropolitan mart, confined to the salmon. The other descriptions are known as “white.” The costermongers classify the fish they vend as “wet” and “dry.” All fresh fish is “wet;” all cured or salted fish, “dry.”

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