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In Cloth Fair, next to Smithfield Market  1882. This is amazing. Movie sets and carefully staged era photographs seldom communicate how dirty things had to be in cities back then. The smoke and dung and coal everywhere...the crooked houses, how cramped it all had to be. These pictures are fuel for my mind whenever I read historic fiction. It wasn't Jane Austin movies. It was this.

In Cloth Fair, next to Smithfield Market 1882. This is amazing. Movie sets and carefully staged era photographs seldom communicate how dirty things had to be in cities back then. The smoke and dung and coal everywhere...the crooked houses, how cramped it all had to be. These pictures are fuel for my mind whenever I read historic fiction. It wasn't Jane Austin movies. It was this.

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Fort! I want to make a fort, I haven't done this since 8th grade when I almost broke my ankle...

Fort! I want to make a fort, I haven't done this since 8th grade when I almost broke my ankle...

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White Hart Inn Yard, Southwark. View of the inner yard of the White Hart Inn, on the east side of Southwark High Street.

White Hart Inn Yard, Southwark. View of the inner yard of the White Hart Inn, on the east side of Southwark High Street.

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The rear of St Bartholomew’s Church. Photo by Henry Dixon for the Society for Photographing Relics of Old London, after 1875

The rear of St Bartholomew’s Church. Photo by Henry Dixon for the Society for Photographing Relics of Old London, after 1875

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Sir Paul Pindar’s House in Bishopsgate was moved to the Victoria & Albert Museum in 1890. [© Bishopsgate Institute]

Sir Paul Pindar’s House in Bishopsgate was moved to the Victoria & Albert Museum in 1890. [© Bishopsgate Institute]

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Sign for the “City Provident Dispensary & Surgical Appliance Association” at 164 Aldersgate St. Founded in 1872, it supplied medical devices to the poor cheaply by selling benefactors’ tickets, taking whatever payment patients could afford and extending credit, without the need for letters of introduction (unlike the Truss, National Truss, Rupture and Surgical Aid Societies). (Photo by Henry Dixon, 1879)

Sign for the “City Provident Dispensary & Surgical Appliance Association” at 164 Aldersgate St. Founded in 1872, it supplied medical devices to the poor cheaply by selling benefactors’ tickets, taking whatever payment patients could afford and extending credit, without the need for letters of introduction (unlike the Truss, National Truss, Rupture and Surgical Aid Societies). (Photo by Henry Dixon, 1879)

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Bermondsey St in a photo by Henry Dixon for the Society for Photographing Relics of Old London, after 1875

Bermondsey St in a photo by Henry Dixon for the Society for Photographing Relics of Old London, after 1875

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