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The Cries Of Old London

January 30, 2016
by the gentle author

My CRIES OF LONDON exhibition designed by Adam Tuck at Bishopsgate Institute closed yesterday, so I am publishing some of the panels from the show today for those who were unable to visit. Meanwhile, there are just a few tickets left for my illustrated lecture at Wanstead Tap on Tuesday 9th February. (This event is now sold out but I will be giving a lecture at the National Portrait Gallery in the summer at a date yet to be announced.)

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  1. Robert Green permalink
    January 30, 2016

    I was recently fortunate enough to acquire a copy of this book and I have to say it is easily the most beautiful book I have ever owned, the excellent and informative content aside the physical structure and composition of the book is in itself quiet litterally a work of art, the colours, the texture and the quality of printing and production are without any exaggeration superlative, it really is a book that gives almost as much pleasure from holding and turning the beautifully presented pages as it gives from the equally beautifully presented and informative literary content, truly a book that you will never tire of owning, I thoroughly recomend it.

  2. January 30, 2016

    I’m loving the tales of Spitalfields here in Seattle!
    I travel a bit, and one time passing through Memphis Tennessee, I saw a big man stooped over a great steaming barrel, hollaring “Hot Tamales! I got ’em! I don’t want ’em! You could get ’em!”

  3. Sheree Charalampous permalink
    January 30, 2016

    As always, wonderful writing and history.

    I know a gentleman called Alex Hassenson who is a retired doctor. He was also a wonderful amateur photographer that went out on weekends and photographed London. He did an amazing set about the building of the south Bank for the Festival of Britain . I contacted them and some of his photos are now on display there.
    You may be interested in seeing his work. He has an amazing archive of family history as well.
    His wife Pat is an amazing character as well. If you are interested, his daughter Ruth can help on
    Best wishes Sheree ( the old CFS girl )

  4. Linda Granfield permalink
    January 30, 2016

    Love the design of these panels! Distressed font fab!

    Thanks for sharing with those of us overseas who wish we’d gone to the show.

  5. January 30, 2016

    A wonderful exhibition that captures the beating heart of old London.

  6. January 30, 2016

    Well illustrated I do like the pickled cucumber man. The early photo of the chair mender is interesting notice his hob nailed boots. This is a double feature photo, In the background is a house maid watering a window box. As the previous blogger said the book is excellent. It must be judging by the copy shown here. When I attended meetings in the Woolwich Arsenal I was told if I wanted a good lunch, go to the Eel Pie and Mash shop outside the gates and I did; nice. But that is another story. John

  7. Sandra Jeffs permalink
    January 30, 2016

    Any idea what the spear-like sticks attached to the cherry hawker’s basket are for?

  8. January 30, 2016

    The book is gorgeous and very informative about the role of street vendors in the life of the city. Me and Miss P were driving around running errands today before the big snowstorm, and I was struck by the number of people out at the intersections begging. Surely it would be better if these folks had access to street vending, some way to make a bit of a living.

  9. Murray Bragge permalink
    February 1, 2016

    Thanks very much – I share your emails with selected friends and they are very grateful.

  10. February 1, 2016

    This book is a great publication!

    Love & Peace

  11. Gustavo Woltmann permalink
    February 25, 2016

    John you have done a great job of compiling these photos, which are so nostalgic. Isn’t sad to see that these disappearing. Gustavo Woltmann

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