No. 854: Lothair Road North, N4
Lothair Road North, London, N4. Photo © Roger Dean 2013
Our Social Bees; or, Pictures of Town & Country Life, and Other Papers – Andrew Wynter, 1865:
Smoke we have always with us. If we look out on a fine summer’s day from the top of the Crystal Palace for a view of the great metropolis, we naturally exclaim, “I see it; there is the smoke;” indeed, any picture or London without its dim canopy of soot would be as unrecognizable as would a portrait of Pope, Hogarth, or Cowper, without their well-known headgear.
This black and heavy cloud is supported by the 500,000 or 600,000 columns of smoke that arise from the 400,000 houses of London. In it we behold the great aërial coalfield, which contains annually no less than 200,000 tons of fuel that escapes from us up our chimneys. Escapes, did we say? Oh that it did, and that we never heard or saw more of it; but smoke, like a chicken, still returns to roost.