Muffin man, c. 1910, London

Muffin Man, c. 1910 Oh do you know the muffin man, That lives in Drury Lane? Yes I know the muffin man, That lives in Drury Lane.in London, England

Old Curiosity Shop, Portsmouth Street, Westminster, London  An exterior view of the Old Curosity Shop as immortalised by Charles Dickens in ‘Little Nell’. It was built in 1567.   Photographer : York and Son. Date taken : 1870 - 1900

Old Curiosity Shop, Portsmouth Street, Westminster, London An exterior view of the Old Curosity Shop as immortalised by Charles Dickens in ‘Little Nell’. It was built in Photographer : York and Son. Date taken : 1870 - 1900

Another Lambeth picture, this time of the Thames foreshore where many people found work as labourers or sailors, shortly before the building of the Albert Embankment in 1866-9. It is part of a collection of images by William Strudwick, which are among the only surviving mid 19th-century images of a London working class district.

Dickens's London: in pictures

Lambeth picture, this time of the Thames foreshore where many people found work as labourers or sailors, shortly before the building.

February 12, 1870  Two workmen at a porch on the Clonbrock Estate, Ahascragh, Co. Galway.

National Library of Ireland on The Commons February 1870 Two workmen on the Clonbrock Estate, Ahascragh, Co. Thanks to Robert Riddell for identifying the building as the Photograph or Photographic House at Clonbrock.

Lodging (or 'Doss') House on Paternoster Row, London, c1900. Many of the poorest people had to sleep in such overcrowded common houses for about 6d per night.

I reference Paternoster in SIS. Lodging (or 'Doss') House on Paternoster Row, London, Many of the poorest people had to sleep in such overcrowded common houses for about per night.

Here's a spooky-looking shot of Advocate's Close, Edinburgh, taken around 1875

This picture of Advocate's Close, Edinburgh, taken around shows the meaning of the word "close" or "wynd"--a narrow alley leading from a main street.

The Victorians liked to have their social classes clearly defined. The working class was divided into three layers, the lowest being 'working men' or labourers, then the ‘intelligent artisan’, and above him the ‘educated working man’. In reality, things were not so tidily demarcated.  Photo: Glasgow slum, 1868

Photo: Glasgow slum, 1868 Later than what I'm writing and in Glasgow, but you get the basic idea.

A very early photo of Middle Temple 1870's. This ancient place, one of Dickens favourite walks in London

Middle Temple Lane 1910 :: Forgotten corners of old London - Retronaut This street still looks the same.

Manchester Police peelers relaxing photographed around 1840.  This is one of the very earliest images of policing in the Greater Manchester Area.    The foundation of British policing was greatly influenced by some-time Home Secretary and Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel. Sir Robert was born in Bury, now part of the Greater Manchester region.  From the collection of the Greater Manchester Police Museum and Archives. To find out more please visit http://www.gmpmuseum.com

Manchester Police peelers relaxing photographed around This is one of the very earliest images of policing in the Greater Manchester Area. The foundation of British policing was greatly influenced by some-time Home Secretary and Prime Minister,

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