Esoteric London

No. 861: Copenhagen Street, N1

Posted in Food, Murals by esotericlondon on June 17, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_1954 copy

Edward Square, Copenhagen Street, London, N1. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

London Labour and the London Poor; a Cyclopædia of the Condition and Earnings of Those That Will Work, Those That Cannot Work, and Those That Will Not Work, Volume I – Henry Mayhew, 1851:

The pastry and confectionary which tempt the street eaters are tarts of rhubarb, currant, gooseberry, cherry, apple, damson, cranberry, and (so called) mince pies; plum dough and plum-cake; lard, currant, almond and many other varieties of cakes, as well as of tarts; gingerbread-nuts and heart-cakes; Chelsea buns; muffins and crumpets; “sweet stuff” includes the several kinds of rocks, sticks, lozenges, candies, and hard-bakes; the medicinal confectionary of cough-drops and horehound; and, lastly, the more novel and aristocratic luxury of street-ices; and strawberry cream, at 1d. a glass, (in Greenwich Park).

[The photograph above is of part of Dave Bangs’s mural depicting the gathering of people in Copenhagen Fields before they marched to demonstrate against the deportation of the Tolpuddle Martyrs to Australia in 1834. R.D.]