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1870 Pearl St looking west towards the covered bridge.

near Monroe in The Amway Grand Plaza is now located where Sweet's Hotel sits in the photo (the light colored building in the center).

Funding for local authority archives for taking in public records

Currency converter at The National Archives (UK) ~ Take the money you find in old records and convert them to today's equivalents

There was a shortage of prison accommodation in the Victorian era, so long-term prisoners were transferred to provincial prisons, or to the dreaded hulks. The hulks were decommissioned warships anchored in the mud off Woolwich. They were dark, damp and verminous and few prisoners managed to escape. This is a cross-section of a hulk called the Defence, published in Henry Mayhew’s The Criminal Prisons of London, in 1862.

The hulks were decommissioned warships anchored in the mud off Woolwich. This is a cross-section of a hulk called the Defence, published in Henry Mayhew’s The Criminal Prisons of London, in

Up until the 20th century, London was filled with squalid slums known as Rookeries. The most famous was in St Giles, though other Rookeries include Rosemary Lane and Jacob's Island in Bermondsey, where Dickens's Oliver Twist villain Bill Sykes meets his end.

Up until the century, London was filled with squalid slums known as Rookeries. The most famous was in St Giles, though other Rookeries include Rosemary Lane and Jacob's Island in Bermondsey, where Dickens's Oliver Twist villain Bill Sykes meets his end.

The Bridge Foot, Southwark, London 1810. A drawing or engraving, not sure which, showing the southern end of London Bridge from street level. It would probably have been much the same in Mr Wildish's time. For more information on the novel WILDISH please visit: http://www.robertstephenparry.com

The Bridge Foot, Southwark, London A drawing or engraving, not sure which, showing the southern end of London Bridge from street level.