Esoteric London

No. 1130: Charlton King’s Road, NW5

Posted in Crime and Punishment, Graffiti, Lettering by esotericlondon on June 27, 2014

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Charlton King’s Road, London, NW5. Photo ©RogerDean 2013

The Morning Post – Jan. 31st, 1865:

BOW-STREET. Elizabeth Fairbanks, aged 18, a wastepaper sorter at a stationer’s, was charged with writing obscene words on the wall of a house.
Mr. Howard, one of the church Wardens, stated that for some days past his attention had been called to a certain house in Chandos-street as being one of immoral character. On Sunday night he was passing that way, and saw the prisoner a younger girl writing on the wall of the house in question. The prisoner had a can of some black fluid in her hand, and was dictating to the younger girl certain indecent words, which the other was writing with a brush on the shutter. After that the prisoner took the brush and also wrote the same word, (Witness repeated the expressions, which implied that the house was one of bad character.) He gave her into custody.

[The complete newspaper article, from which the above excerpt was taken, can be read at www.victorianlondon.org. R.D.]

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