An extraordinary memoir from a man in his nineties who remembers everyday life in a North London now long gone: the hardships and deprivations of a life of poverty but also the resourcefulness and fortitude of a community determined to survive between the wars.
London in the 1920s was a contrasting mixture of bright young things and down-and-outs, motor cars and horse carts, new mansion blocks and old slums. This fascinating collection of archive photographs is selected from the publication Wonderful London which included images by some of the best photographers working in the city at the time, including EO Hoppé and Donald McLeish, and the book records the working life of the metropolis as well as public events and entertainments.
With a foreword by Iain Sinclair. London is an ancient city, whose foundation dates back literally thousands of years into the legendary prehistory of these islands. Not surprisingly it has accumulated a large number of stories, both historic and mythical, during this period, many of which, though faithfully recorded at the time, have lain almost forgotten in dusty libraries throughout the city.
Captain Thomas Coram was dismayed at the sight of children dying on the dung heaps of London. He petitioned to the King to grant a Royal Charter for building the Foundling Hospital in Bloomsbury. Children were brought to hospital for shelter. This book presents this social history of London's poverty, revealed through the members of the hospital.