Victorian London - Directories - Dickens's Dictionary of London, by Charles Dickens, Jr., 1879 - "Laundries"

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Laundries.—It is impossible to go here into the general question of “the washing,” or to recommend special laundresses. We may, however, point out that in the Soho and Leicester-square neighbourhoods, as well as at Knightsbridge, there is a colony of excellent foreign laundresses, who will get up a shirt in half an hour at a charge of from 6d. to 1s., and who will prepare an elaborate ball-dress in a day.

Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879