White Post Lane, London, E9. Photo © Roger Dean 2013
The Little World of London; or, Pictures in Little of London Life – Charles Manby Smith, 1857:
London, which is never to-day of the same extent as it was yesterday, demands the services of whole armies of builders, brickmakers, bricklayers, and their subordinate fellow-labourers. The builders, who but too rarely condescend to invoke the assistance of a professional architect, though mostly Londoners, are by no means exclusively so, but comprise among their number a host of speculators from all parts of the kingdom – the facilities for building with very little capital being perhaps greater in London than in any country town in England. The brickmakers are for the most part Londoners; but they have had latterly to contend with new rivals from the neighbourhood of Liverpool and Manchester, as well as with a new kind of pierced brick, brought hither by rail in large quantities from brickfields situated at various distances north of the capital.