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Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879

Herbert Fry's Guide to the London Charities, 1917

a list of directories

Etiquette, Guides and Manuals

appropriate hours for visiting and dining

The Barkham Burroughs Encyclopaedia [1889]

'Common Sense for Housemaids'

'The Cook's Guide and Housekeeper's and Butler's Assistant' [1861]

decor, advice on

'Dinners and Diners'[pub. 1899]

'Enquire Upon Everything' [1894]

etiquette from Cassells Household Guide

Guide to the Unprotected in Matters Relating to Property and Income [1874]

The Household Cyclopedia [1881]

The Housemaid, Her Duties, and How to Perform Them [c.1870]

'The Lady's Dressing Room'

'The Ladies' and Gentleman's Model Letter Writer'

'London at Dinner', or, 'Where to Dine' [1858]

morning calls and visits

Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management [1861]

'Our Deportment' [1881]

"Police Duty" Catechism and Reports

'The Scholars Handbook of Household Management'


The Queen's London, 1896

Views of the Pleasure Gardens of London, 1896, H.A.Rogers


Cruikshank's Comic Almanack (cartoons)

London Characters and the Humourous Side of Life, Henry Mayhew &W.S. Gilbert c.1871


Journals, Magazines and Newspapers

'1 A.M at the Morning Mammoth'

the cheap press

'the daily press'

The Daily Telegraph

influence on the working man of popular press

journalists see Professions & Trades - Journalists

a list of newspapers (Dickens's Dictionary)

London Gazette

'Newspaper people'

sold uncut

supplements, size of

newspapers in London

The Times

'the weekly press'

Lectures and other pamphlets

Degeneration Amongst Londoners 1885, James Cantlie

The Early Years of Queen Victoria's Reign, 1896, Henry Holland Burne


Wilkie Collins and his works

Charles Dickens and his works

Dickens' Novels (etexts)

Mord Em'ly by William Pett Ridge (etext)


London Poems; 1866; Robert Buchanan  

Song of the Shirt; 1843; Thomas Hood

Popular Fiction (eg.street ballads,penny dreadfuls)

dangers of serials (1) (2)

'The Mysteries of London' (etext)

Penny Dreadfuls and Gallows Literature

'The Press of Seven Dials'

'The String of Pearls' (Sweeney Todd etext)

street ballads

'Varney, The Vampyre' (etext)

Popularity of Printed Material

a view from 1837

Social Investigation/Journalism

The Great Metropolis; 1837; James Grant

Sketches in London; 1838; James Grant

Sanitary Ramblings; 1848; Hector Gavin

Sinks of London Laid Open; 1848

Sketches of London Life and Character (aka Gavarni in London); 1849; Albert Smith et al.

London Labour and the London Poor; 1851; Henry Mayhew

London by Day and Night; 1852; David W.Bartlett

The Rookeries of London; 1852; Thomas Beames

Curiosities of London Life; 1853; Charles Manby Smith

The Million-Peopled City; 1853; Rev. J. Garwood

London Shadows; 1854; George Godwin

The Little World of London; 1857; Charles Manby Smith

The Night Side of London; 1858; J. Ewing Ritchie

Twice Round the Clock; 1859; George Sala

Gaslight and Daylight; 1859; George Sala

About London; 1860; J. Ewing Ritchie

Ragged London in 1861; John Hollingshead

The Business of Pleasure, 1865 [1879 ed.]; Edmund Yates

Our Social Bees; 1865; Andrew Wynter

Lights and Shadows of London Life, 1867; [James Payn]

Some Habits and Customs of the Working Classes; 1867; Thomas Wright

Unsentimental Journeys; or Byways of the Modern Babylon; 1867; James Greenwood

The Seven Curses of London; 1869; James Greenwood

The Terrible Sights of London; 1870; Thomas Archer

Episodes in an Obscure Life; 1871; Richard Rowe

London : A Pilgrimage; 1872; Gustave Dore & Blanchard Jerrold

The Wilds of London; 1874; James Greenwood

In Strange Company; 1874; James Greenwood

Mystic London; 1875; Charles Maurice Davies

Street Life in London; 1877; J.Thomson and Adolphe Smith

Days and Nights in London; 1880; J. Ewing Ritchie

Low-Life Deeps, 1881; James Greenwood

Life in the London Streets; 1881; Richard Rowe

The Great Army of London Poor; 1882; Thomas Wright [Wright's pseudonym 'The River-side Visitor']

Bitter Cry of Outcast London; 1883; W.C.Preston / A.Mearns

How the Poor Live; 1883; George R. Sims

Homes of the London Poor; 1883 (2nd ed)Octavia Hill

Mysteries of Modern London; 1883; James Greenwood [Greenwood's pseudonym 'One of the Crowd']

Odd People in Odd Places;1883; James Greenwood

Toilers in London; 1883; James Greenwood [Greenwood's pseudonym 'One of the Crowd']

In the Slums; 1884; D. Rice-Jones

London at Midnight; 1885; Henry Vigar-Harris

The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon; 1885; W T Stead

Dottings of a Dosser; 1886; Howard Goldsmid

Horrible London; 1889; George R. Sims

Tempted London; [c.1889]; Anon.

Toilers in London; or Inquiries concerning Female Labour in the Metropolis; 1889; Anon

The Pinch of Poverty; 1892; Thomas Wright [Wright's pseudonym 'The River-side Visitor']

The Horse World of London; 1893; W.J.Gordon

Round London : Down East and Up West; 1894; Montagu Williams Q.C.

London Up to Date; 1895; George Sala

Life in West London; 1897; Arthur Sherwell

A Looker-on in London; 1899; Mary H. Krout

The Hooligan Nights; 1899; Clarence Rook

London and Londoners in the 1850s and 60s; 1924; Alfred Rosling Bennett