Esoteric London

No. 1102: Glaisher Street, SE8

Posted in Drink, Food, London Labour, Public Art, Shops by esotericlondon on May 20, 2014

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Glaisher Street, London, SE8. Photo ©RogerDean 2014

The Little World Of London; Or, Pictures In Little Of London Life – Charles Manby Smith, 1857:

With respect to the provision-dealers in the metropolis, we may remark that London, with that regard for the genuine article which is a part of her idiosyncrasy, loves to supply her table from the best market. Thus, the élite of the dairymen are from Devonshire and Wales, the cheese-mongers from Yorkshire and Hampshire, while Wiltshire-men deal in pork and bacon, and her own market-gardeners sell the finest fruit and vegetables. Of eggs, London devours them by millions fresh, in the season, at the established cost of three-halfpence each; and by hundreds of millions, not too fresh, sent over by French egg-merchants, all the year round. For butcher-meat she trusts to her own butchers, who are mostly London-born; and for fish, to the Billingsgate-men, who, like the oysters, are also natives. Her grocers, too, are principally her own citizens; and so, for the most part, are her brewers, though she has a decided penchant for country ale, and holds out a welcome hand to the men of Burton, of Alton, and especially of Edinburgh.

[The photograph above is of a panel on the base of the Mikhail Shemyakin sculpture to Peter the Great in Glaisher Street, SE8. Peter the Great spent several months in Deptford during 1698 whilst studying ship building in the Royal Dockyards. R.D.]

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