Likewise, it is impossible to neglect the scourge of prostitution in the capital, albeit with one rare instance of a 'soiled dove' who 'made good'. I hope, to the extent that they seem almost unbelievable although, too, that a few things will surprise and astonish, rest assured, this work contains no fabrications.
Daily Life in Victorian London : An Extraordinary Anthology Victorian London Ebooks Book 4 #ad - Have you ever heard of the enterprising showman who started his 'jack the ripper' chamber of horrors in whitechapel, within weeks of the 1888 murders? Or the peculiar safeguards afforded by corsets? Or the bar-maids who worked in Underground stations? Or the first and last Mesmeric Hospital established in London?It may seem presumptuous to call this an extraordinary anthology; yet it is the extraordinary details of daily life in the 'Great Metropolis' that continue to fascinate me.
The reader will feel, i hope, that they have walked the streets of Victorian London and, having read the more intimate passages — how to remove bed-bugs; tips on wet-nursing; dire warnings against 'secret vice' — that they have also glimpsed behind closed doors. My only wish is that the reader may share my enthusiasm.
Lee jackson2011also by this author:'dust, Mud, Soot & Soil : The Worst Jobs in Victorian London'. Crime is also to the fore: attempts at blackmail; the rise of the 'hooligan' in Lambeth; the vicious malice of the 'vitriol thrower'. Queen victoria is glimpsed at a distance, in Hyde Park; MPs and members of the aristocracy appear as the patrons of charities; but this is a book about the everyday.
Adventures of an American Girl in Victorian London Victorian London Ebooks Book 11Victorian London Ebooks #ad - In fact, the book provides a rather too convenient comparison of two households — the first where the employer exploits and over-works her staff, the second where the cook and maids have the whip-hand over an overly timid and caring mistress. Banks herself, however, had no great political agenda. Banks's success was so great because her deception played on the existing fears of the middle- and upper-classes about servants, i.
E. Such was the interest in Banks's work, that the press sought out the employers who were fooled by the artful reporter. Banks, laundress and, likewise decided to go 'undercover' amongst the poor — first as a servant, masquerading as a crossing sweeper, then in several other positions, very much a late nineteenth-century 'New Woman', pretending to be an heiress, at the opposite end of the social spectrum, to see how easy it might be to buy one's way into the aristocratic upper echelons of London 'Society'.
Mrs. Whether miss banks provides us with a completely truthful account or 'journalistic gingerbread' to quote the rather unsympathetic Pick Me Up I must leave it to the reader to judge — regardless, the book remains a fascinating read. Original title: 'campaigns of Curiosity : Journalistic Adventures of an American Girl in London'Elizabeth L.
Adventures of an American Girl in Victorian London Victorian London Ebooks Book 11 #ad - Allison, darn a stocking, her american employee 'did not hesitate to declare herself as competent and reliable, although she entered every house under false pretences without being able to sew on a button, or scrub a floor'. Banks's ploy was successful and the resulting articles became the talk of the capital — and guaranteed her a future career in journalism.
The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' LondonThomas Dunne Books #ad - From the new york times bestselling and critically acclaimed author of The Invention of Murder, an extraordinary, revelatory portrait of everyday life on the streets of Dickens' London. The nineteenth century was a time of unprecedented change, and nowhere was this more apparent than London. No one who reads judith flanders's meticulously researched, captivatingly written The Victorian City will ever view London in the same light again.
From the colorful cries of street-sellers to the uncomfortable reality of travel by omnibus, to the many uses for the body parts of dead horses and the unimaginably grueling working days of hawker children, no detail is too small, or too strange. Technology—railways, and sewers—transformed both the city and the experience of city-living, street-lighting, as London expanded in every direction.
Now, chop-houses and entertainment emporia of dickens' london, vibrancy, rivers, with him, slums, gin palaces, alleys, Judith Flanders leads us through the markets, to reveal the Victorian capital in all its variety, sewers, transport systems, cemeteries, and squalor. In only a few decades, the capital grew from a compact Regency town into a sprawling metropolis of 6.
The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London #ad - 5 million inhabitants, the largest city the world had ever seen. Now judith flanders, showing life on the streets of London in colorful, explores the world portrayed so vividly in Dickens' novels, one of Britain's foremost social historians, fascinating detail. From the moment charles dickens, the century's best-loved English novelist and London's greatest observer, recording its pleasures, he obsessively walked its streets, arrived in the city in 1822, curiosities and cruelties.
London and Londoners in the 1850s & 1860s Victorian London Ebooks Book 2Victorian London Ebooks #ad - London and londoners in the 1850s & 1860s is not, however, about Rosling Bennett's career. One of the best books about daily life in Victorian London. Alfred rosling bennett was born on 14th May 1850, and died aged 78, on 24th May 1928. The book begins with his early childhood in Islington and focuses, almost exclusively, on daily life in the mid-Victorian metropolis.
I have encountered no comparable work which conveys the same amount of intriguing information about daily life in the Victorian city, in such a concise and pleasurable manner. That might be supposed to be a very direct, calculated to render adulteration laws vain and nugatory; but our milkman said that if people could only see the quantity of water 'them poor cows' were compelled to drink before starting, honest procedure, they would cease to wonder that the milk was so thin and blue.
And the range of popular 1850s 'treatments' for cholera, laughing-gas, castor-oil, cold mutton broth, mustard plasters, namely "acorns, and hot mint-tea". Lee jackson. In 1877, for example, he connected the canterbury music hall in Lambeth to the Queen's Theatre in Long Acre, via an overhead telephone line - the first such experiment carried out in London.
London and Londoners in the 1850s & 1860s Victorian London Ebooks Book 2 #ad - He was a pioneering electrical engineer, remembered by the Times' obituarist for his groundbreaking work in telephony. For example, as may readily be supposed, but, dirty, selecting at random from the first few chapters, in wet weather damp, we learn about the interiors of omnibuses -- "The floor was covered with a thick layer of straw - in imitation of stage-coach practice - dry and clean every morning, and smelly for the rest of the day.
For that reason, I commend this book to the reader.
How to Be a Victorian: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian LifeLiveright #ad - Named one of the best books of the year by npra “revelatory” Wall Street Journal romp through the intimate details of Victorian life, by an historian who has cheerfully endured them all. Lauded by critics, how to be a victorian is an enchanting manual for the insatiably curious, the “the cheapest time-travel machine you’ll find” NPR.
How to Be a Victorian: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life #ad - From lacing into a corset after a round of calisthenics to slipping opium to the little ones, Goodman’s account of Victorian life “makes you feel as if you could pass as a native” The New Yorker. Drawing on her own firsthand adventures living in re-created Victorian conditions, Goodman serves as our bustling guide to nineteenth-century life.
Proceeding from daybreak to bedtime, this charming, illustrative work “imagines the Victorians as intrepid survivors” New Republic of the most perennially fascinating era of British history. Readers have fallen in love with Ruth Goodman, an historian who believes in getting her hands dirty.
Dirty Old London: The Victorian Fight Against FilthYale University Press #ad - In victorian london, household rubbish went uncollected, " graveyards teemed with rotting corpses, filth was everywhere: horse traffic filled the streets with dung, cesspools brimmed with "night soil, the air itself was choked with smoke. Full of individual stories and overlooked details—from the dustmen who grew rich from recycling, to the peculiar history of the public toilet—this riveting book gives us a fresh insight into the minutiae of daily life and the wider challenges posed by the unprecedented growth of the Victorian capital.
In this intimately visceral book, introducing us to the men and women who struggled to stem a rising tide of pollution and dirt, Lee Jackson guides us through the underbelly of the Victorian metropolis, and the forces that opposed them. Through thematic chapters, Jackson describes how Victorian reformers met with both triumph and disaster.
The Hooligan Nights Victorian London Ebooks Book 1Victorian London Ebooks #ad - Was alf a real boy, or a work of pure fiction? There are no definitive answers to this puzzle, an amalgam of different people, but he remains one of the great 'lost' characters of English fiction. If you go crooked, I'll ave your wall-paper orn'minted wiv your brains. The hooligan nights' by clarence rook 1899 is a classic contemporary description of crime on the streets of 1890s Lambeth.
Each interview leaves the reader wanting to know more about his fate - not least, written at the zenith of Queen's Victoria's reign, will the 'coppers' catch up with him? The book is a unique description of 'low life', achieved without sentiment or moralising. Alf is a magnificent character, full of spirit and charm, but capable of evoking our pity.
The Hooligan Nights Victorian London Ebooks Book 1 #ad - The book is told through a series of interviews with its teenage protagonist, his criminal exploits, pickpocketing, including burglary, the charismatic 'Alf' - we learn about his upbringing, passing counterfeit money and bare-knuckle fights.
Cocoa at Midnight: The real life story of my time as a housekeeperCoronet #ad - For a girl from the slums there was only really one option once school was over - a life in service. Here she heard tales of the earl's propensity for setting fire to himself, as well as enjoying the servant's gossip about who was sleeping with whom. She started work on 1925 as a lowly kitchen maid in the London home of Lady Diana Spencer's family.
Her family lived in a tiny flat near Paddington Station and her earliest memories were of the smell of horses and the shrill whistle of steam trains. But despite long hours, amorous butlers and mad employers, Kathleen always kept her sense of humour and knew how to have fun. On one occasion she was almost caught in bed with her boyfriend who had to jump out of the window and run down the drive in his underwear to escape the local bobby.
Cocoa at Midnight: The real life story of my time as a housekeeper #ad - The spencers were just the first in a line of eccentric families for whom she worked during a career that lasted more than thirty earrs and took her from a London palace to remote medieval estates. Kathleen clifford was born in 1909.
Curiosities of London Life Victorian London Ebooks Book 3Victorian London Ebooks #ad - He was reportedly 'indefatigable in self-improvement', having only received a very modest education as a boy. His articles, focusing on the london poor, founded in 1852 although, were a regular feature in the Leisure Hour a popular magazine, in the fashion of the period, they were printed anonymously. He died in loraine Road, Holloway, in 1880
This first collection was published in 1853. There are several 'underworld' pieces: ranging from a study of dog-stealers, to 'auction gangs' of the sort that still occasionally plague Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road to this day. In short, if you are fascinated by the social history of London and the seemingly inexhaustible variety of Victorian 'low life', then I am confident you will find this a most entertaining read.
Curiosities of London Life Victorian London Ebooks Book 3 #ad - But manby Smith ranges further afield. It has many parallels with both dickens's Sketches by Boz and later journalism, as well as Henry Mayhew's famous study of the London poor, published on a few years previously. Some of the characters are familiar enough - crossing-sweeps, mudlarks et al. There is, which has been everything from a fishmonger's to a confectioner's and never made a shilling for any of its proprietors; the 'grand army' of City clerks, who 'wield weapons proverbially thirsty, and dripping all day long with gore, for instance, a piece about the Eastender's unlikely love of angling; the progress of a failing but 'obstinate' shop, both black and red'; and a marvellous description of a London Christmas in 1851 as 'commercialised' as anything we have today.
A monster line in the posters on the walls and in the shop-windows. Lee jackson.
The Maid's Tale: A Revealing Memoir of Life Below StairsCoronet #ad - The maid's story makes for harsh, heartbreaking, fascinating reading. The daily telegraph, nzborn in 1910, rose plummer grew up in an East End slum, where she and fought an unending battle with hunger and squalor. At the age of fifteen, and despite the poverty of her childhood, nothing could have prepared her for the long hours, Rose started work as a live-in maid, the backbreaking work and the harshness of a world in which servants were treated as if they were less than human.
Praise for lives of the servants:`Reading this fascinating book is likely to unleash almost anyone?s Inner Bolshevik?!' Daily Mail`. A fascinating portrait of the drudgery and servility of a domestic's life. The Age`. Captures the subtleties of the English class system to an extraordinary degree. Midstate observer'if the brothers grimm had ended Cinderella where she was being forced to clean the house by her stepsisters, they might have accidentally been writing Rose Plummer's biography.
The Maid's Tale: A Revealing Memoir of Life Below Stairs #ad - But however difficult life became, Rose found something to laugh about, and her remarkable spirit and gift for friendship shines through in her memories of a now-vanished world.
The London Underworld In The Victorian Period - Authentic First-Person Accounts By Beggars, Thieves And ProstitutesCartwright Press #ad - Hailed as the first and perhaps greatest sociological studies of poverty in 19th-century London, this survey practiced the techniques of oral history - a hundred years before the term was first coined. The chapters of this book include: prostitution in london, the dependents of Prostitutes, Horse and Dog Stealers, Clandestine Prostitutes, Pickpockets and Shoplifters, Cohabitant Prostitutes, Criminal Returns, Traffic in Foreign Women, The Sneaks, etcetera.
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We are republishing this vintage book now in an affordable, modern edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.