Esoteric London

No. 1186: India Street, EC3

Posted in London Places, Transport by esotericlondon on April 6, 2015

© Roger Dean RED_9547 copy

India Street, London, EC3. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

Sketches by Boz – Charles Dickens, 1836:

The road to Greenwich during the whole of Easter Monday, is in a state of perpetual bustle and noise. Cabs, hackney-coaches, ‘shay’ carts, coal-waggons, stages, omnibuses, sociables, gigs, donkey-chaises – all crammed with people (for the question never is, what the horse can draw, but what the vehicle will hold), roll along at their utmost speed; the dust flies in clouds, ginger-beer corks go off in volleys, the balcony of every public-house is crowded with people, smoking and drinking, half the private houses are turned into tea-shops, fiddles are in great request, every little fruit-shop displays its stall of gilt gingerbread and penny toys; turnpike men are in despair; horses won’t go on, and wheels will come off; ladies in ‘carawans’ scream with fright at every fresh concussion, and their admirers find it necessary to sit remarkably close to them, by way of encouragement; servants of all work, who are not allowed to have followers, and have got a holiday for the day, make the most of their time with the faithful admirer who waits for a stolen interview at the corner of the street every night, when they go to fetch the beer […].

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  1. Jo Hall said, on April 6, 2015 at 10:21 am

    And Greenwich is a very good place to be this Easter Monday, can’t think why the fair was banned!

  2. esotericlondon said, on April 7, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Let’s bring it back Jo

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