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An alley in the Whitechapel area of London in the 1880s (THE ELEPHANT MAN)

The people of Whitechapel, London, England. The dirtiest, and most ruthless part of the richest town in Victorian Europe. The Real Whitechapel

Market Court was one of the rookeries (colloquial term for slum)  along Kensington High Street (later the Barker's site) dating from the 1770s. The men primarily worked in the market gardens while their wives took in laundry or hawked wares in the High Street. During the cholera epidemics the death toll was terrible and they were finally demolished in 1870.

Market Court, rookery along Kensington High Street, situated on the Barker's site.

Sherbet Seller, London, 1884.:

Sherbet Seller, London, 1884.:

The Grapes, Limehouse. An historic riverside pub dating from 1585 and still in business today.

The Grapes, Limehouse, England. An historic riverside pub dating from 1585 and still in business today.

Victorian Era Chimney Sweep.

Women’s War Work Mrs Rosanna Forster from Kent is a chimney sweep, carrying on her husband’s business while he serves abroad. Here, she walks along a road, her brooms over her shoulder.

Arguments Yard. Whitby Yard This is seriously Dickensian.

Secret steps and lost lanes of Whitby brought to life (From Gazette & Herald) - Arguments Yard in Whitby in the Century

London Bridge 1890

London Bridge circa Traffic on London Bridge. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images).

The Woman's Press, Charing Cross Rd 1912.

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London Charing Cross Road, No 156 - Woman's Press shop, 1912

A knockerup(profession in England before clock alarms)

A knocker-up was a profession in England and Ireland, before alarm clocks were affordable or reliable. A knocker-up's job was to rouse sleeping people so they could get to work on time.