Esoteric London

No. 832: Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1

Posted in Housing, Lettering, London Labour by esotericlondon on May 7, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_0448 copy

Lamb’s Conduit Street, London, WC1. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

Low-Life Deeps, An Account of the Strange Fish to be Found There – James Greenwood, 1881:

From one end to the other of Dudley Street, which be it borne in mind, is but a small portion of the district of St. Giles, I counted thirty […] underground dens, all alive with human life. Besides these there were eight others, which though inhabited, could scarcely be said to be lively. In these a solitary cobbler toiled, the flames of his tallow candle disclosing him deep down in the dingy hole, hammering and stitching with desperate energy in the midst of heaps of mildewed wreckage of souls and upper leathers.

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  1. Jo Hall said, on May 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Great pic and fab text, although it looks quite welcoming rather than dingy (that word again). J

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