A little Herstory treat... One of the most feared of all London's street gangs in the late 1880's was a group of female toughs known as the Clockwork Oranges. They would later inspire Anthony Burgess' most notorious novel. Their main rivals were the all-female The Forty Elephants Gang. (I double-checked this - it's all real! ~Renata)

Victorian Women Smoking

One of the most feared of all London's street gangs in the late was a group of female toughs known as the Clockwork Oranges. They would later inspire Anthony Burgess' most notorious novel. >> Whoa - a gang of female toughs.

Lovely atmospheric photograph of Waterloo Place, London in 1899 by the Belgian photographer Leonard Misonne

Waterloo Place, London in 1899 - by Belgian photographer Leonard Misonne - (vintage lady, old photo, victorian era)

Arguments Yard. Whitby Yard This is seriously Dickensian.

c 1890 Arguments Yard Whitby North Yorkshire by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe. There are more yards to be seen in the book "Whitby yards through time" by Alan Whitworth.

Vintage photo victorian London street children (reminds me of Sherlock Holmes's Baker Street Boys).

Vintage photo victorian London street children (reminds me of Sherlock Holmes's Baker Street Boys). Their sad faces breaks my heart.

Fleet Street, 1894. Horses had not yet been replaced by cars.

London, England: Fleet Street, Horses had not yet been replaced by cars. Even then they drove forward on the left side of the street.

One of the most common sights in Victorian London was "crossing sweepers" – workers who cleared dung and rubbish from the streets in the hope of getting a few coins from local home and business owners. In London Labour and the London Poor, Henry Mayhew described the many types of sweeper, from "the one-legged crossing sweeper of Chancery Lane" to "the aristocratic crossing sweeper".

One of the most common sights in Victorian London were "crossing sweepers" – workers who cleared dung and rubbish from the streets in the hope of getting a few coins from local home and business owners.

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