Esoteric London

No. 767: Austin Friars, EC2

Posted in Lettering, London Types by esotericlondon on February 5, 2013

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Austin Friars, London, EC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

The Little World of London; or, Pictures in Little of London Life – Charles Manby Smith, 1857:


The last question which I feel called upon to answer at the present time inquires, “Do you keep livery-servants?” This demand smacks somewhat of the tax-gatherer, and might be supposed to emanate from him, were it not that the questioner makes no mention of “dogs,” which I have remarked, are uniformly classed with livery-servants in the tax-gatherers schedule. As a lodger, who pays rent for furnished apartments with attendance, I might summarily dismiss this question, so far as I am individually concerned, with a negative; but looking to the respectability of the establishment in which I reside, and of Mrs. Jones, who is at its head, I am bound to record that a livery is not altogether an unknown luxury at No. 24.

[ London door numbers are currently something of a passion of mine as you can see on my other blog R.D.]

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