No. 1191: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20. ©RogerDean 2015
Sketches of London Life and Character – Albert Smith [et. al.], :
Viewing with impartiality the Thief of the present day, we are disposed to consider him, on the whole, inferior to his predecessor – a good symptom for society. The species of gentleman highwayman no longer exists to frighten the traveller, and does no greater harm than put you to sleep in the pages of a novel. A gentleman can now roll through the country in his travelling-carriage without any fear of being robbed by a gallant horseman, summoning him to surrender with the air of a courtier, and pocketing his money with a quotation from Horace. The last of these heroes long ago died on that greatest of all “trees of liberty,” the tree of Tyburn; and his only representative, now-adays, is the common foot-pad – a vulgar fellow who knocks you down and rifles you when insensible.