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This study examines the cultural work of the West End of London in the long Edwardian period (1880–1914). It argues that the pleasure district was changed in a number of ways in which electricity was one thread. The coming of electricity affected the character of the area, not only transforming...
This article examines the London compters in the early modern period. It reconstructs the layout, personnel and conditions of these prisons, as well as analysing the various reasons why people were imprisoned therein. It argues that the introduction of ‘Compter Ordinances’ in 1547 and the...
Abstract Ravens (Corvus corax) and red kites (Milvus milvus) were commonly seen in London in the early modern period. The aim of this paper is to reconstruct the diversity of attitudes towards these birds. Previous historiography on the subject has failed to contextualize its sources. The...
Whilst historians have made the connection between crime and poverty in the eighteenth century, those historians have tended to measure the relationship during times of local or national crisis. However, studies which analyse trends over time obscure the experience of background poverty and how...
By siting social problems in the eastern half of the capital city, many writers (both fiction writers and those who purported to be reporting fact) in the final years of the nineteenth century collectively and separately assisted in the emergence of an imaginary London cityscape whose east-west...
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