Esoteric London

No. 803: Great Eastern Street, EC2

Posted in Graffiti, London Types by esotericlondon on March 27, 2013

Great Eastern Street, London, EC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

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

Again, at night it is, that the strange anomalies of London life are best seen. As the hum of life ceases, and the shops darken, and the gaudy gin palaces thrust out their ragged and squalid crowds to pace the streets, London puts on its most solemn look of all. On the benches of the parks, in the niches of the bridges, and in the litter of the markets, are huddled together the homeless and the destitute.

[ The graffiti above is one of four pieces that ran consecutively along a stretch of wall in Great Eastern Street. Each featured one word and the complete work spelt out the phrase  ‘Home’ ‘Sweet’ ‘Home’ ‘Less’. The work was by the street artist Eine and was in support of the housing charity Shelter. For other homelessness related posts on EsotericLondon see No. 27, No. 28, No. 29 and No. 30. To visit the Shelter website click here and to see more of Eine’s work you can visit his website by clicking hereR.D.]

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