Down and out in eighteenth-century London by Tim Hitchcock

By Tim Hitchcock

London within the eighteenth century was once the best urban on the earth. It used to be a magnet that drew women and men from the remainder of England in large numbers. For a couple of the streets have been paved with gold, yet for almost all it used to be a harsh international with little warrantly of cash or nutrients. For the negative and destitute, London's streets provided little greater than the barest residing. but males, ladies and kids came across an outstanding number of how one can eke out their life, sweeping roads, promoting fits, making a song ballads and appearing every type of menial hard work. a lot of those actions, except the direct begging of the disabled, trusted an entice charity, yet one frequently combined with threats and supplies. Down and Out in Eighteenth-Century London presents a extraordinary perception into the lives of Londoners, for all of whom the calls for of charity and begging have been a part of their daily international.

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M. 36 As a young, married journeyman in the 17905, Francis Place rented a furnished room at ca coalshed at the back of St Clement's Church' and paid 35. 6d. 37 Later in life, he described the house: The house in which we lived was very old and ... was very narrow, it was a continuance of Butcher Row to Wych Street. e. sold coals in a shop, the house was very dark and dirty. The houses in Butcher Row ... 38 Crowded, dirty courts and alleys, with shared privies and no privacy, were the commonplace for working Londoners.

M. took her to the local watchhouse. 62 Leadenhall Market was similarly attractive. 63 Better policed than Fleet Market, Leadenhall attracted the poor more because of the food available and the protection it offered from inclement weather than because of its location. 64 Of course, the poor could not afford to buy this meat, 'the finest in all the world5. Many of them stole it instead. 65 In the same year Benjamin Hewett and Timothy Goree were: Taken about 2 o'clock in the night in Leadenhall Market, giving no account of themselves but suspected to be run away from their friends.

Certainly when, on a cdark, dull cloudy, cold ... u Having said this, the conditions were not pleasant. A couple of years earlier William Blizard, having toured the low lodging houses of Chick Lane, Field Lane and Black Boy Alley, described what he found: The houses are divided from top to bottom, into many apartments with doors of communication amongst them all, and also with the adjacent houses, some have two, others three, nay four doors opening into different alleys ... 12 Nevertheless, you needed a steady income in order to afford even this kind of accommodation.

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