More Of Charles Hindley’s Cries Of London
In his History of the Cries of London, Ancient & Modern of 1884, Charles Hindley reused many woodblocks from earlier publications and this series below dates from perhaps a century earlier.
Of all the sets I have published in these pages, these prints best illustrate the necessity of the Cries, since in most cases it would not be possible for customers to tell at a distance what sellers had in their baskets so, as well as announcing their presence, the Cries declared the wares on offer. There is a particular animated quality to this set, tracing the footsteps of the hawkers as they trudge the narrow streets, negotiating the puddles and the filth – and it makes you realise how much walking was involved, lugging produce round the city on foot.
Newcastle Salmon! Dainty fine Salmon! Dainty fine Salmon! Newcastle Salmon!
Yorkshire Cakes, who’ll buy Yorkshire Cakes? All piping hot – smoking hot! hot! hot!
Buy my Flowers, sweet Flowers, new-cut Flowers! New Flowers, sweet Flowers, fresh Flowers, O!
Buy green and large Cucumbers, Cucumbers, green and large, Cucumbers, twelve a penny!
Buy Rosemary! Buy Sweetbriar! Rosemary & Sweetbriar, O!
Come and buy my Walking Sticks or Canes! I’ve got them for young and old.
Buy my fine Gooseberries! Fine Gooseberries! Threepence a quart! Ripe Gooseberries!
Pears for pies! Come feast your eyes! Ripe Pears, of every size, who’ll buy?
One a penny, two a penny, Hot Cross Buns! One a penny, two a penny, Hot Cross Buns!
Buy Great Eels!
Buy Great Plaice!
Hats or Caps! Buy, Sell or Exchange!
Bread & Meat! Bread & Meat!
Hot fine Oatcakes! Hot fine Oatcakes!
Fine Oranges & Lemons! Oranges & Lemons!
I sweep your Chimney clean, O! Sweep your Chiney clean, O!
Buy my Diddle Dumplings, hot! hot! Diddle, diddle, diddle, Dumplings hot!
I have Hot Codlings, Hot Codlings!
You may also like to take a look at these other sets of the Cries of London I have collected