No. 1205: Covent Garden Piazza, WC2
Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2. Photo ©RogerDean 2015
The Criminal Prisons of London and Scenes of Prison Life – Henry Mayhew and John Binny, 1862:
The laundry at the Brixton prison is no mean establishment. Here the majority of the women whom we have before met in our rounds, habited in their light-blue checked over-dresses, are found, standing on wooden gratings, washing away at the wooden troughs ranged round the spacious wash-house which forms the lower part of the building. Here some, with their bare red arms, are working the soddened flannels against a wooden grooved board that is used to save the rubbing of the clothes, while the tops of the troughs are white and iridescent with the clouds of suds within them.
[ The above photograph is of Heart Beat an installation by the French artist Charles Pétillon consisting of 100,000 white balloons suspended in the 19th Century Covent Garden Market. R.D.]