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Victorian London

There's no doubt that London was the heart of Victorian England - both its pride and its shame. Articles extolling its beauties and grandeur might appear side-by-side with others revealing its poverty and despair. For better or worse, though, London was "Town" -- like no other city in England.


TOURING VICTORIAN LONDON

A Girl's Rambles Through Haunted London, by James and Nanette Mason (GOP 1886)
A multi-part article covering haunted sites throughout metropolitan London.
A Visit to the Minories (GOP 1901)
The New Aviary at the Zoo, by A.T. Elwes (GOP 1888)
A look at the birds to be seen in the "new" aviary section of the London Zoo.
Two Ways of Looking at It (GOP 1892)
Two letters describing a visit to London and the Exhibition.

BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT, & INSTITUTIONS

The London Flower Market (GOP 1902)
Where London's flowers come from.
The Mary Wardell Convalescent Home for Scarlet Fever, by Anne Beale (GOP 1889)
From the Mine to the Mint, by Emma Brewer (GOP 1897)
How coins are made at the Royal Mint in London.
A Peep Behind the Scenes at the Government Post Office, by A. J. Hayes (GOP 1892)
The Romance of the Bank of England, by Emma Brewer (GOP 1887)
Subtitled "The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street," this multi-part feature looks at the history and contemporary practices of the Bank of England.

HISTORIC LONDON

Paternoster Row in the 16th Century (GOP 1902)
Brief article and illustration showing London in an earlier day.

SOCIAL EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT

The Popular Concerts (GOP 1890)
Concerts performed at St. James hall every Saturday from November through Easter, a tradition begun in 1859.

ORGANIZATIONS & AMENITIES

Sloane Gardens House, by Anne Beale (GOP 1891)
A Residential Club for Ladies, in London.
Three Social Evenings, by Anne Beale (GOP 1886)
The author reports upon two evenings at the YWCA, and one at Welbeck House, a restaurant and hostelry for women.
Women's Clubs in London, by S.F.A. Caulfield (GOP 1890)
"...we may observe the increase of improvident marriages and those of the physically unsuitable, the many failures of financial enterprises, the deterioration of the value of land... Thus the daughters of the very elite of the untitled aristocracy are driven from home... to become the bread-earners for themselves and their families... an article like this demands such an introduction as showing the origin of the needs-be for women's clubs."
The Y.W.C.A. (GOP 1883, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1890)
Various articles on the purpose and activities of the YWCA, including its classes for women.

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Magazine Abbreviations:
CFM = Cassell's Family Magazine GOP = Girl's Own Paper ILA = Illustrated London Almanack S = The Strand
AM = Atlantic Monthly C = Century Magazine D = Demorest's Monthly Magazine G = Godey's Lady's Book H = Harper's Monthly
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