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Adam Dant’s New Cries Of Spittelfields

March 13, 2018
by the gentle author

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Contributing Artist Adam Dant sent me his latest print, a limited edition hand-tinted woodcut of the NEW CRIES OF SPITTELFIELDS that he finished just last week, showing many of the familiar street characters of our beloved East End neighbourhood. If you would like to buy a copy, drop the artist a line:

Meanwhile, you can attend my illustrated lecture at the Society of Genealogists in Clerkenwell this Thursday 15th March at 2pm, showing images of itinerant traders over the last four hundred years. Click here for tickets

Cries of London 1600, reproduced from Samuel Pepys’ Album © Magdalene College, Cambridge (Click this image to enlarge)

You may like to take a look at

Henry Mayhew’s Street Traders

H.W.Petherick’s London Characters

John Thomson’s Street Life in London

Aunt Busy Bee’s New London Cries

Marcellus Laroon’s Cries of London

John Player’s Cries of London

More John Player’s Cries of London

William Nicholson’s London Types

John Leighton’s London Cries

Francis Wheatley’s Cries of London

John Thomas Smith’s Vagabondiana of 1817

Thomas Rowlandson’s Lower Orders


3 Responses leave one →
  1. March 13, 2018

    Now that I like.

  2. Ros permalink
    March 13, 2018

    These made me chuckle. Nicely observed. I haven’t actually come across any balloon abusers yet but presumably it’s a way to a cheap high?

  3. March 15, 2018

    I went to Spitalfield High School. Born and lived in the East End, 1930-1950
    How about the wagoners who went through the street singing:

    Any old iron, any old iron
    Any, any, iron old iron.

    Remember the tune but not the rest of the words.
    I also know a number of old Cockney Songs i.e.
    Muver wos bathing the baby
    Knees up Mother Brown
    She was por but she was honest
    There i wos, waiting at the church
    Oranges and lemons says the bells of St. Clements etc.

    Gilda Haber, PhD
    Cockney Girl
    Some way I can advertise my book for sale on your site? Only $12 and shipping. Great reviews.

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