Esoteric London

No. 853: Battersea Park Road, SW11

Posted in Architectural, London Labour, Transport by esotericlondon on June 5, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_1548 copy

Battersea Park Road, London, SW11. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

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

IF anyone wants to realize, as the phrase goes, the little army of crossing-sweepers we have in London, let him take a walk – say for a mile or two – on a muddy day, and give a penny to every one who touches hat, makes a bob, as if shutting up like a spy-glass, or trots after him, trailing broom in one hand, and tugging at tangled forelock with the other. I remember when it would have cost anyone, disposed to give in this way, between a shilling and eighteen-pence to walk from the Archway Tavern, Highgate Hill, to Highbury Cock and back. For anyone of a squeezable temperament, therefore, it was decidedly cheaper to take the bus.

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