Esoteric London

No. 666: St. Leonards Road, E14

Posted in Graffiti, London Types by esotericlondon on September 17, 2012

St. Leonards Road, London, E14. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

Ragged London in 1861 – John Hollingshead, 1861:

January 12th, 1861 – A great number of unemployed coalwhippers, dock labourers, lumpers, hammermen, and others, have been loitering about the court for the last two days, in expectation of obtaining some relief from the poor fund. They were all evidently in a state of great distress, and many stalwart men, anxious to obtain a living by honest industry, were suffering from cold and hunger, and very thinly clad. On Thursday evening Mr. Yardley directed Mr. Livingston, the chief usher, to relieve twenty poor fellows with 2s. 6d. [12 1/2 pence in todays money] each.

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