Esoteric London

No. 813: Regents Park Road, NW1

Posted in Crime and Punishment, Graffiti, Lettering by esotericlondon on April 10, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_9003 copy

Regents Park Road, London, NW1. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

Sinks of London Laid Open A Pocket Companion for the Uninitiated, to Which is Added a Modern Flash Dictionary Containing all the Cant Words, Slang Terms, and Flash Phrases Now in Vogue, with a List of the Sixty Orders of Prime Coves – [Anon], 1848: 

Hoisters, shop-lifters, fellows who go into shops, and under the pretence of buying goods, generally conceal some article under the sleeves of the coat, mostly frequenting jeweller’s shops

Hoister mots, women who go into shops and steal some small article

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  1. Dave Smith said, on April 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Sixty orders of prime coves! Love it. A bit of Googling and here it is:

    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/23291/23291-h/23291-h.htm#THE_SIXTY_ORDERS_OF_PRIME_COVES

    Some choice insults in there.


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