Esoteric London

No. 896: Upper Tollington Park, N4

Posted in London Types by esotericlondon on August 5, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_3335 copy

Upper Tollington Park, London, N4. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

London Scenes and London People: Anecdotes, Reminiscences, and Sketches of Places, Personages, Events, Customs, and Curiosities of London City, Past and Present – “Aleph”, 1863:

It would be difficult to find a more interesting fabric in our might City than London Bridge – a main artery of communication with the suburban and outlying districts. […] . The highway spread across its lofty arches – a fitting backbone for the modern Nineveh – with its triple row of omnibuses, cart, carriages, and on either side a dense mass of human beings in restless strife, is never vacant for a single moment, day or night.  From early morning to midday, the struggling slaves of Mammon are engaged in busy transit, some carrying to London supplies for its myriad wants, others laden with luxuries for the extra-mural population; some in breathless haste seeking the railway terminus, others from the provinces anticipating gain or pleasure in a visit to Vanity Fair; many with eyes and faces from which all human sympathies seem expunged – with the greed of gold burnt into every feature, and others worn with age of toil, stamped with the broad arrow of disappointment or despair.

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  1. dianajhale said, on August 6, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Used to live just near here!

    • esotericlondon said, on August 7, 2013 at 6:53 am

      You never know when your old neighbourhood will crop up on Esoteric London.

  2. Jenny Grounds said, on August 8, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Beautiful word picture and photo, Roger, thank you. Jenny


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