No. 859: Shakespeare Avenue, NW10
Shakespeare Avenue, London, NW10. Photo © Roger Dean 2013
How the Poor Live – George R. Sims, 1883:
All the world and his wife are out to-night, and the wildest extravagances are being committed in the way of fish for supper tonight and vegetables for dinner tomorrow. The good housewives, basket on arm, are giving the ready-witted hawker as much repartee over the price of a cabbage as would suffice for a modern comedy.
The workman, released from his toil, is smoking his pipe and listening open-mouthed to the benevolent and leather-lunged gentlemen who are sacrificing household utensils, boots, ornaments, concertinas, and cutlery, at prices which would have cajoled the money from the pocket of a Daniel Dancer. And the golden youth of the neigbbourhood, with their best attire on, all cut after one relentless fashion – the mashers of the East – they too are out in full force, entering into the wild delirium of reckless pleasure which the scene invites.
The principal amusement in the street, apart from buying knives and neckties of the Cheap Jack and entering into a raffle for a concertina, which is the sole business of one densely crowded stall, seems to be shooting at a target – three shots a penny, and the prize for hitting the bull’s-eye, a real Whitechapel cigar.