Esoteric London

No. 663: Woodgrange Road, E7

Posted in Entertainment by esotericlondon on September 12, 2012

Woodgrange Road, London, E7. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

Life in the London Streets: or, Struggles for Daily Bread – Richard Rowe, 1881:

Altogether, life in the East End seems a hopelessly squalid form of existence, as you walk along that busy thoroughfare, and glance up the suffocating lanes that give on it, with their inhabitants sitting in slatternly dishabille upon their doorsteps, panting open-mouthed like dogs.
Suddenly, however, you get a glimpse of dewy stars in the sultry East End gloom.
A white-and-red banner stretches across the mouth of one of the lanes, announcing the “East London Flower-show.” You dive down the double row of meanly-built houses, of the colour of ginger-bread burnt in the baking, or a negro afflicted with jaundice, and looking so peevishly weary of having nothing better to stare at from week’s end to week’s end than their uninteresting opposites. You pass a swarthy Colosseum of a gasometer, and see at the bottom of the lane a pepper-and-salt church, and opposite it, a handsome red-and-black school-house. Across the road stretches a gay string of bunting.

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  1. Chris Bronsk said, on September 12, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Excellent shot, wonderful understatement.

  2. Pam @ Little London Gems said, on September 12, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Agree! Brilliant picture!

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