London, UK

Some interesting historical links....

The Cat's Meat Shop: "A Victorian rag-bag" and appendix to The Dictionary of Victorian London

Charles Booth Online Archive: Amazing record of the inquiry into poverty in London, 1886-1903 [British Library of Political and Economic Science]

East London History: 2000 years of the people and places of the East End of London (blog)

Epidemic Disease in London: A Collection of Working Papers given at the Symposium 'Epidemic Disease in London: from the Black Death to Cholera' held at the Institute of Historical Research, 19 March 1992, Edited by J.A.I. Champion

A Glimpse of London Sewers (Pt. 1): An article about the history and conditions of early London sewers Pt. 2, Pt. 3

Greenwood's Maps: Historical maps of London and environs. Compare to modern London on Google Maps!

Henry Mayhew, co-founder of Punch Magazine, was a social researcher and reformer, journalist, and playwright. He wrote a series of articles which were published in the Morning Chronicle (which also published Charles Dickens), These articles were, in 1851, compiled into "London Labour and the London Poor.
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,By Henry Mayhew, William Tuckniss,Published by Griffin, Bohn, and Company, 1861

A Few Odd Characters Out of the London Streets: As Represented in Henry Mayhew's Curious Conversazione,By Henry Mayhew,Published by R.S. Francis, 1857
Historical gazetteer of London before the Great Fire - Cheapside; parishes of All Hallows Honey Lane, St Martin Pomary, St Mary le Bow, St Mary Colechurch and St Pancras Soper Lane

A History of London Tube Maps

London History At Britannia.com

London Underground History: Disused Underground stations

Samuel Pepys: There are a number of interesting sites about Samuel and his diary.

The Diary of Samuel Pepys, The Blog!
Samuel Pepys' Homepage
Project Gutenberg's Text of the Diary
Understanding Pepys' "visit to the synagogue"
A Pepys Show: The World of Samuel Pepys in Paper Dolls [What's with the long underwear???]
Pepys One Name Study.... Someone who is interested (family connections) in the name Pepys discusses the name and its roots and variations... Interesting!
And, just for good measure, a bit about Elizabeth Pepys.... A bit is all we will get, as she left no record of her own. Although there is a fictionalized "journal" "The Journal of Mrs. Pepys: Portrait of a Marriage" by Sara George

From Samuel's Blog and again
The Secret Life of Artur J. Munby: Munby was a middle-class civil-servant whose "hobby" was meeting with and interviewing, albeit unofficially, with working women (that is women who worked, not specifically prostitutes). He kept a diary of those meetings and interviews over a period of 40-odd years. As unusual as that would perhaps have been, the more shocking revelation would have been that for 32 of those years, he was secretly married to Hannah Cullwick, a maid-of-all-work. For a number of years, he and Hannah lived together as husband and wife, whilst all but a few close acquaintances thought Hannah was his housekeeper but for the bulk of their relationship, Hannah lived in various "situations" as maid, housekeeper, or servant in other peoples' homes. Both Munby and Cullwick left diaries which illuminate the lives of the Victorian working woman, as well as the curious and forbidden cross-class relationship.

Hannah Cullwick and Arthur Munby
Water-related history of London

Other resources:
British History Online
London Chronicles, Surveys and Diaries
Chamber accounts of the sixteenth century
Lysons' account of London within twelve miles of the city (4 volumes, 1796)

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