Credit: Horace Warner/The Religious Society of Friends in Britain A view of Union Place in Spitalfields
A forgotten profession: In the days before alarm clocks were widely affordable, people like Mary Smith of Brenton Street were employed to rouse sleeping people in the early hours of the morning. They were commonly known as ‘knocker-ups’ or ‘knocker-uppers’. Mrs. Smith was paid sixpence a week to shoot dried peas at market workers’ windows in Limehouse Fields, London. Photograph from Philip Davies’ Lost London: 1870-1945.
A Muffin Man, c.1910, London~ Victorian/Edwardian households had many fresh foods delivered; muffins would be delivered door-to-door by a muffin man.The "muffin" in question was the bread product known in the U.S.A. as English muffins,not the much sweeter cupcake-shaped American variety."Have you seen the muffin man, the muffin man.Have you seen the muffin man who lives down Drury Lane." "The Muffin Man" is a traditional nursery rhyme & children's song.Drury Lane is a thoroughfare in Westminster
East End slum Street 1912 ~ The Whitechapel district of London at the end of the nineteenth century was generally regarded as being a ‘horrible black labyrinth, reeking from end to end and swarming with human vermin, whose trade is robbery and whose recreation is murder’.
Trafalgar Square :: On the night of the 12th October 1941 several bombs hit in the area of Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery was hit and what may have been a bomb from the same stick of bombs hit the roadway above Trafalgar Square Underground Station. The Bomb pierced the roadway and exploded in the booking hall killing seven people and injuring thirty three.