No. 745: Guilford Street, WC1
Guilford Street, London, WC1. Photo © Roger Dean 2012
Life in the London Streets or Struggles for Daily Bread – Richard Rowe, 1881:
“Pity the Poor Blind”
A merry-toned street-musician, of the name of Alexander, next tells me his story:-
“I play the piccolo now, sir; what I can afford to buy I play on; instruments wear out, you know. I’m out from eleven to six, and then again till twelve-sometimes one in the morning. Saturday and Monday are my two best nights, when men are in work. Portland Town and Cambridge and Oxford Terraces are my best places. Once a week I go:- never go anywhere oftener than once a week. I like to give everyone a fair chance. Oh, yes, of course, Christmas is the best time of the year for me. Everybody has got good feeling then. That’s a settled case. No, I’ve no pension.