Esoteric London

No. 714: Egerton Drive, SE10

Posted in Shops, Wildlife by esotericlondon on November 22, 2012

Egerton Drive, London, SE10. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

The Mysteries of London; or Lights and Shadows of London Life – Edward Lytton Blanchard, 1850:

Over the door of a small shop in a little dreary street in this neighbourhood [Ratcliffe] might have been noticed the name of ‘Jacob Randall,’ who, from the cages hung all about the windows and the doorway, appeared to follow the ostensible pursuit of a bird fancier…

…The interior of the shop was filled with cages of every description, each retaining in imprisonment some favourite songster of the field and grove. The lark, linnet, goldfinch, chaffinch, bullfinch, and the rest of our woodland melodists, had each their representative in the confined space allotted to them; and amidst the pyramid of cages where the sleek blackbird, the dappled thrush, and the golden canary, were pouring forth the strains of their native minstrelsy, a macaw, screaming with delight in the pride of its finer plumage, parrots, and a motley collection of other saleable foreign birds, were plentifully distributed.

[ For more birds see post No. 51 , No. 102 and No. 474. R.D.]