Esoteric London

No. 812: Inverness Street, NW1

Posted in Architectural, Housing, London Types by esotericlondon on April 9, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_8972 copy

Inverness Street, London, NW1. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

Life in the London Streets or Struggles for Daily Bread – Richard Rowe, 1881:

I saw so many poor creatures in bed on that bright, and, in the suburbs, balmy, afternoon, that I cannot exactly remember the order in which I saw them; but the next, I think, was a little woman literally wasted to skin and bone. She was so pale and pinched, her chin stood up so sharp, that, when she ceased to speak, I could scarcely believe that she was not already a corpse. Because she was ill, her husband had deserted her – left her to lie alone in a dreary closet, November-dim, though the streets blazed in the May sunshine. She spoke hopefully of being able to get into an hospital as soon as she was strong enough to go before a board of gentlemen in Piccadilly; but she looked far more likely to go, let us hope, to Paradise. Ill as she was, she could think of others. The son of a lodger in the same house, who sometimes visited her, was ailing, she thought, and the mother would like to see the priest. This mother was a hearty Yorkshire woman, seated at tea in a room better furnished than any we had yet visited. A great bedstead, with heavy hangings, stood in one corner; and, on a little chiffonnière, there was a display of glass and crockery, and a tiny fern under a case. The room was very close, but, for her children’s sake, the good woman said, she could not open the window.

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