Esoteric London

No. 822: Whitechapel Road, E1

Posted in London Labour by esotericlondon on April 23, 2013

Whitechapel Bell Foundry, Whitechapel Road, London, E1. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

Curiosities of London Life, or Phases, Physiological and Social of the Great Metropolis – Charles Manby Smith, 1853:

Time was, it is said, when the profession of a street-sweeper in London was a certain road to competence and fortune – when the men of the broom were men of capital; when they lived well, and died rich, and left legacies behind them to their regular patrons.