Esoteric London

No. 773: Southampton Street, WC2

Posted in Architectural, Lettering, London Labour, London Places by esotericlondon on February 13, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_7616 copy

Southampton Street, London, WC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

The Criminal Prisons of London and Scenes of London Life – Henry Mayhew and John Binny, 1862:

The yellow-gray stone turret of Lambeth church, close beside the Archbishop’s palace, warns us that we are approaching the stenches which have made Lambeth more celebrated than the very dirtiest of German towns. During six days in the week the effluvium from the bone-crushing establishments is truly nauseating; but on Fridays, when the operation of glazing is performed at the potteries, the united exhalation from the south bank produces suffocation, in addition to sickness –  the combined odours resembling what might be expected to arise from the putrefaction of an entire Isle of Dogs.

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