Esoteric London

No. 1033: Cursitor Street, London, EC4

Posted in Markets by esotericlondon on February 12, 2014

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Cursitor Street, London, EC4. Photo © Roger Dean 2014

Living London; Its Work And Its Play, Its Humour And Its Pathos, Its Sights And Its Scenes – George R. Sims, 1902:


Some time in the night, two steamers, fitted with ice tanks and carrying cargoes from fishing towns along the eastern and north-eastern coasts, come in up the Thames, and are moored under the flare of lamps that burn till morning at the back of Billingsgate Market. No sooner are they moored, with the ripples flapping sleepily against their idle keels, than they settle into silence and somnolence, except for the lessening hiss of steam from their engines, and the unwinking stare of the lanterns that watch fore and aft until dawn rises over the river, putting out simultaneously the lights on anchored boats and barges and the stars in the sky.

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  1. Chris Bronsk said, on February 13, 2014 at 5:53 am

    I am constantly amazed, Roger, by how you find these details. I thought of your blog when, the other day, I got Craig Taylor’s oral history, Londoners.

    • esotericlondon said, on February 13, 2014 at 9:22 am

      Thanks Chris and thanks also for your continued support, very much appreciated.

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