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Mayhew: London Labour and the London Poor


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London Labour and the London Poor is a rare and fascinating insight into the lives and struggles of the 19th century poor. Written by journalist and reformer Henry Mayhew, a founder and editor of the satirical magazine Punch, it collects hundreds of testimonials from the lower strata of Victorian society. We encounter street entertainers, ‘pure finders,’ cabinetmakers, gingerbread sellers, ‘screeve-fakers,’ swindlers and burglars. We hear accounts from toshers finding items in sewers, people attempting to train pigs to dance, and witness the sale of everything from gilt watches and chickweed to needles, dog collars and eel soup. It is a remarkable work, said to have inspired the socially conscious fiction of Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackeray, who described it as ‘a picture of human life so wonderful, so awful, so piteous and pathetic, so exciting and terrible, that readers of romances own they never read anything like to it.’ David Timson’s sharp-witted and authoritative tone perfectly suits Mayhew’s detailed social observations.
Facts
Item number NA0319
Barcode 9781781981542
Release date 9/14/2018
Category Spoken Word
Label NAXOS AUDIO BOOKS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 23
Performers
Non-Classical Artist Timson, David
Disc: 1
London Labour and the London Poor (Unabridged)16:33:00
1 London Labour and the London Poor 00:06:38 Timson, David
2 1: Street-folk 00:01:36 Timson, David
3 Street-folk Of wandering tribes in general 00:09:32 Timson, David
4 Wandering tribes in this country 00:02:35 Timson, David
5 Of the number of costermongers and other street-fo 00:10:35 Timson, David
6 Of the varieties of street-folk in general, and co 00:06:03 Timson, David
7 Habits and amusements of costermongers 00:10:52 Timson, David
8 The other amusements of this class of the communit 00:09:54 Timson, David
9 Gambling of costermongers 00:12:32 Timson, David
Disc: 2
London Labour and the London Poor (Unabridged)16:33:00
1 The 'Vic. Gallery' 00:10:59 Timson, David
2 The politics of costermongers - policemen 00:05:09 Timson, David
3 Marriage and concubinage of costermongers 00:04:31 Timson, David
4 Religion of costermongers 00:04:15 Timson, David
5 Of the uneducated state of costermongers 00:07:14 Timson, David
6 Language of costermongers 00:02:30 Timson, David
7 Of the nicknames of costermongers 00:01:23 Timson, David
8 Of the education of costermongers' children 00:01:46 Timson, David
9 The literature of costermongers 00:03:18 Timson, David
10 Of the costermongers' capital 00:01:45 Timson, David
11 Of the 'slang' weights and measures 00:04:00 Timson, David
12 Of the boys of the costermongers, and their bunts 00:04:45 Timson, David
13 Education of the 'coster-lads' 00:06:55 Timson, David
14 The life of a coster-lad 00:07:06 Timson, David
15 Of the 'penny gaff' 00:04:33 Timson, David
Disc: 3
London Labour and the London Poor (Unabridged)16:33:00
1 The visitors, with a few exceptions, were all boys 00:14:39 Timson, David
2 Of the coster-girls 00:11:58 Timson, David
3 The life of a coster-girl 00:10:53 Timson, David
4 Of the homes of the costermongers 00:12:40 Timson, David
5 Of the dress of the costermongers 00:08:35 Timson, David
6 Of the diet and drink of costermongers 00:03:08 Timson, David
7 Of the earnings of costermongers 00:10:00 Timson, David
Disc: 4
London Labour and the London Poor (Unabridged)16:33:00
1 Of the capital and income of the costermongers 00:01:33 Timson, David
2 Of the providence and improvidence of costermonger 00:05:20 Timson, David
3 Of the costermongers in bad weather and during the 00:03:07 Timson, David
4 Of the costermongers' raffles 00:02:32 Timson, David
5 Of the tricks of costermongers 00:04:37 Timson, David
6 2: Minorities 00:01:11 Timson, David
7 Minorities: Of the street Irish 00:05:08 Timson, David
8 Of the causes which have made the Irish turn coste 00:07:41 Timson, David
9 How the street Irish displanted the Jews in the or 00:07:24 Timson, David
10 Of the religion of the street-Irish 00:09:56 Timson, David
11 Of the education, literature, amusements and polit 00:03:07 Timson, David
12 The homes of the street-Irish 00:13:14 Timson, David
13 Irish lodging-houses for immigrants 00:04:13 Timson, David
Disc: 5
London Labour and the London Poor (Unabridged)16:33:00
1 In one of the worst class of lodging-houses 00:09:23 Timson, David
2 Of the diet, drink and expense of living of the st 00:11:31 Timson, David
3 Of the resources of the street-Irish as regards st 00:05:34 Timson, David
4 Of the history of some Irish street-sellers 00:09:33 Timson, David
5 Of the Irish refuse-sellers 00:06:14 Timson, David
6 The street-Jews 00:02:36 Timson, David
7 Of the trades and localities of the street-Jews 00:09:12 Timson, David
8 Of the Jew old-clothes men 00:12:21 Timson, David
9 Of a Jew street-seller 00:03:45 Timson, David
Disc: 6
London Labour and the London Poor (Unabridged)16:33:00
1 Of the Jew-boy street-sellers 00:08:51 Timson, David
2 Of the pursuits, dwellings, traffic, etc., of the 00:04:36 Timson, David
3 Of the street Jewesses and street Jew-girls 00:05:32 Timson, David
4 Of the synagogues and the religion of the street - 00:07:33 Timson, David
5 Of the politics, literature, and amusements of the 00:05:54 Timson, David
6 Of the charities, schools, and education of the Je 00:13:38 Timson, David
7 The Negro crossing-sweeper, who had lost both his 00:10:29 Timson, David
8 The loss of my limbs is bad enough 00:11:44 Timson, David
9 The Negro cook 00:04:34 Timson, David
Disc: 7
London Labour and the London Poor (Unabridged)16:33:00
1 3: Voices of the poor: The Employed and the Destit 00:01:18 Timson, David
2 Voices of the poor: Street-sellers of 'wet' fish 00:02:05 Timson, David
3 Street-sellers of 'wet' fish 00:07:21 Timson, David
4 Street-sellers of sprats 00:07:13 Timson, David
5 Street-sellers of shell-fish 00:07:25 Timson, David
6 Street sellers of fruit and vegetables 00:01:16 Timson, David
7 Superior or -aristocratic- vegetable sellers 00:06:38 Timson, David
8 Of the character of the street-stalls 00:01:42 Timson, David
9 A fruit-stall keeper 00:08:37 Timson, David
10 The London flower-girls 00:00:51 Timson, David
11 Of two orphan flower-girls 00:09:29 Timson, David
12 Of the life of a flower-girl [who had kept 'loose' 00:03:35 Timson, David
13 The street-sellers of fried fish 00:01:12 Timson, David
14 Fishy' the trader in fried fish 00:11:52 Timson, David
Disc: 8
London Labour and the London Poor (Unabridged)16:33:00
1 The street-sellers of baked potatoes 00:01:07 Timson, David
2 A baked potato vendor 00:05:45 Timson, David
3 The cats'-and dogs'- meat dealers 00:00:51 Timson, David
4 A cats'-meat carrier 00:03:51 Timson, David
5 Street-sellers of drinkables (coffee) 00:01:08 Timson, David
6 A coffee-vendor in a small way of business 00:08:16 Timson, David
7 Sellers of hot-cross buns 00:04:02 Timson, David
8 The muffin man 00:05:16 Timson, David
9 Street-orators 00:01:07 Timson, David
10 Of running patterers 00:03:06 Timson, David
11 The street-buyers 00:01:15 Timson, David
12 Street-buyers of rags and bones 00:00:41 Timson, David
13 The rag-and-bone man 00:07:25 Timson, David
14 Street-sellers of second-hand articles 00:01:00 Timson, David
15 Seller of second-hand metal-wares 00:07:06 Timson, David
16 The 'pure'-finders 00:01:26 Timson, David
17 A female pure finder 00:11:29 Timson, David
18 The mud-larks 00:00:54 Timson, David
19 A child mud-lark 00:05:42 Timson, David
Disc: 9
London Labour and the London Poor (Unabridged)16:33:00
1 The experiences of a juvenile mud-lark 00:10:29 Timson, David
2 Scavengers 00:00:47 Timson, David
3 A 'regular scavager' 00:11:02 Timson, David
4 Omnibus drivers and conductors 00:01:23 Timson, David
5 An omnibus driver 00:05:06 Timson, David
6 An omnibus conductor 00:05:47 Timson, David
7 Carmen and porters 00:01:20 Timson, David
8 Van driver 00:03:12 Timson, David
9 Crossing-sweepers 00:01:28 Timson, David
10 The old dame who supports a pensioner 00:03:48 Timson, David
11 Mary, who had been a serving-maid 00:07:05 Timson, David
12 At Christmas, I think I took about eleven shilling 00:05:20 Timson, David
13 Gander, 'captain' of the boy crossing-sweepers 00:07:38 Timson, David
14 I wasn't working in a gang then, but all by myself 00:07:25 Timson, David
Disc: 10
London Labour and the London Poor (Unabridged)16:33:00
1 The street where the boy-sweepers lodged 00:06:14 Timson, David
2 The boy sweepers' room 00:02:30 Timson, David
3 Flushermen 00:00:29 Timson, David
4 The flusherman who had been a seaman 00:07:27 Timson, David
5 Cesspool-sewermen 00:01:07 Timson, David
6 A cesspool-sewerman's statement 00:04:40 Timson, David
7 Chimney-sweeps 00:01:09 Timson, David
8 A 'knuller' or 'querier' 00:06:19 Timson, David
9 Ballast-heavers and coal-whippers 00:01:47 Timson, David
10 The meeting of the ballast-heavers' wives 00:07:30 Timson, David
11 An infirm woman, approaching fifty years of age 00:07:48 Timson, David
12 Asylum for the Houseless Poor 00:00:41 Timson, David
13 The Asylum for the Houseless Poor 00:03:16 Timson, David
14 A homeless painter 00:05:35 Timson, David
15 A homeless carpenter 00:05:29 Timson, David
16 A homeless tailor 00:08:02 Timson, David
Disc: 11
London Labour and the London Poor (Unabridged)16:33:00
1 4: The london labour market and the casual labour 00:01:24 Timson, David
2 The london labour market and the casual labour pro 00:10:03 Timson, David
3 A tall Irishman of about 34 or 35 00:10:09 Timson, David
4 These several causes, then, which could only exist 00:09:51 Timson, David
5 Of over-work, as regards excessive labour 00:09:42 Timson, David
6 Almost all who work by the day, or for a fixed sal 00:08:15 Timson, David
7 Concerning this 'strapping' system 00:09:58 Timson, David
8 One great promoter of the decrease of manual labou 00:10:48 Timson, David
Disc: 12
London Labour and the London Poor (Unabridged)16:33:00
1 Formerly throughout the kingdom 00:09:58 Timson, David
2 My employer was a journeyman 00:10:16 Timson, David
3 In the winter, by this means 00:09:46 Timson, David
4 On the table was a bundle of crape and bombazine 00:08:43 Timson, David
5 I am a native of Pesth 00:10:02 Timson, David
6 The annual rate of increase among the population h 00:09:52 Timson, David
7 1831: Annual average number of criminals commited 00:11:09 Timson, David
Disc: 13
London Labour and the London Poor (Unabridged)16:33:00
1 We have now, I believe, exhausted the several caus 00:04:16 Timson, David
2 Of the casual labourers among the rubbish carters 00:12:32 Timson, David
3 The effects of casual labour in general 00:09:00 Timson, David
4 Of the scurf trade among the rubbish-carters 00:11:00 Timson, David
5 Boy labour or thief labour 00:11:30 Timson, David
6 The last mentioned of the several modes of cheapen 00:10:47 Timson, David
7 There is, moreover, the cheaper labour of apprenti 00:11:26 Timson, David
Disc: 14
London Labour and the London Poor (Unabridged)16:33:00
1 Skilled and unskilled 00:00:30 Timson, David
2 Garret-masters' 00:09:31 Timson, David
3 The decline which has taken place within the last 00:09:02 Timson, David
4 But not only is it true that over-work makes under 00:07:47 Timson, David
5 Scavengers etc. 00:00:32 Timson, David
6 Scavengers 00:09:06 Timson, David
7 There is only one mode of payment for the above la 00:10:17 Timson, David
8 Casual hands' among the scavengers 00:09:55 Timson, David
9 In the city the men have to work very long hours 00:08:17 Timson, David
10 When a scavager is out of employ, he seldom or nev 00:08:35 Timson, David
Disc: 15
London Labour and the London Poor (Unabridged)16:33:00
1 Coal-heavers and dock labourers 00:00:31 Timson, David
2 Coal-heavers and -whippers 00:09:23 Timson, David
3 My informant tells me that he has frequently seen 00:11:06 Timson, David
4 The machine is a large coal-scuttle or wooden box 00:13:43 Timson, David
5 Dock labourers 00:06:27 Timson, David
6 The London Dock 00:09:35 Timson, David
7 At trucking each man is said to go on an average t 00:11:08 Timson, David
8 At last the landlord flung the door wide open 00:11:21 Timson, David
Disc: 16
London Labour and the London Poor (Unabridged)16:33:00
1 I have said that at one of the docks alone 00:07:13 Timson, David
2 The man himself gives the following explanation 00:08:53 Timson, David
3 The problem of low wages 00:00:31 Timson, David
4 Review of the problem of low wages 00:10:32 Timson, David
5 The indirect modes of remedying low wages 00:08:53 Timson, David
6 This enumeration is as comprehensive as my knowled 00:05:49 Timson, David
7 5: Sights of london 00:00:47 Timson, David
8 Sights of london: Of the orange and nut market 00:09:34 Timson, David
9 Of London street-markets on a Saturday night 00:09:11 Timson, David
10 The Sunday morning markets 00:03:44 Timson, David
11 Of Covent-garden market 00:05:26 Timson, David
Disc: 17
London Labour and the London Poor (Unabridged)16:33:00
1 Inside the market all is bustle and confusion 00:05:56 Timson, David
2 Of the Old Clothes Exchange 00:10:13 Timson, David
3 The London Dock 00:07:38 Timson, David
4 The West India Docks 00:05:49 Timson, David
5 The St Katherine's Dock 00:11:39 Timson, David
6 6: Culture and belief 00:01:51 Timson, David
7 Culture and belief: Punch 00:11:47 Timson, David
8 They ain't whistles, but calls, or unknown tongues 00:10:15 Timson, David
9 Punch talk 00:00:38 Timson, David
10 Scene with two Punchmen 00:01:32 Timson, David
11 The Punchman at the theatre 00:02:09 Timson, David
12 The history of Punch 00:04:19 Timson, David
Disc: 18
London Labour and the London Poor (Unabridged)16:33:00
1 Guy Fawkes 00:00:33 Timson, David
2 Guy Fawkes (man) 00:10:40 Timson, David
3 They always reckon me to be about the first hand i 00:07:39 Timson, David
4 Silly Billy 00:09:48 Timson, David
5 Then the doctor turns to the crowd, and says 00:06:31 Timson, David
6 Of the experience of a street-bookseller 00:06:13 Timson, David
7 Street-vocalists 00:00:20 Timson, David
8 Street negro serenaders 00:07:49 Timson, David
9 Statement of another Ethiopian serenader 00:07:52 Timson, David
10 Did you ever see her broder Biller 00:09:24 Timson, David
11 A standing patterer 00:02:28 Timson, David
Disc: 19
London Labour and the London Poor (Unabridged)16:33:00
1 The wooden-legged sweeper 00:09:25 Timson, David
2 Street-seller of saws 00:05:03 Timson, David
3 7: The poor at home: Poverty and the domestic econ 00:01:13 Timson, David
4 The poor at home: Questionnaire of street orderlie 00:10:25 Timson, David
5 Did their wives work? 00:09:46 Timson, David
6 Had they a change of dress? 00:07:05 Timson, David
7 Mayhews survey of the inmates of a lodging-house 00:10:53 Timson, David
8 Knowing that this lodging-house might be taken as 00:09:52 Timson, David
9 After obtaining this information 00:07:27 Timson, David
Disc: 20
London Labour and the London Poor (Unabridged)16:33:00
1 The question that I put to them after this was 00:06:50 Timson, David
2 Of the life of a street-seller of dog-collars 00:12:07 Timson, David
3 The home comforts of a cats'-meat carrier 00:02:57 Timson, David
4 Street-seller of cutlery 00:12:38 Timson, David
5 8: Paupers and criminals 00:00:46 Timson, David
6 Paupers and criminals: London vagrants 00:08:29 Timson, David
7 The cause of the greater amount of vagrancy being 00:12:25 Timson, David
8 Characteristics of the various classes of vagrants 00:11:35 Timson, David
Disc: 21
London Labour and the London Poor (Unabridged)16:33:00
1 Of the original occupations or trades of the vagra 00:08:50 Timson, David
2 My father,' he said, 'was a bricklayer in Shoredit 00:07:09 Timson, David
3 Statement of a returned convict 00:08:30 Timson, David
4 I was sentenced to 14 years' transportation 00:06:59 Timson, David
5 Lives of the boy inmates of the casual wards of th 00:10:33 Timson, David
6 Of the character of the vagrants frequenting the u 00:08:41 Timson, David
7 9: Classification of the workers and non-workers 00:00:57 Timson, David
8 Classification of the workers and non-workers 00:10:15 Timson, David
9 Now, from the above it will appear, that there are 00:10:32 Timson, David
Disc: 22
London Labour and the London Poor (Unabridged)16:33:00
1 10: Answers to correspondents 00:09:48 Timson, David
2 Money donated for the London Poor 00:08:28 Timson, David
3 A journeyman on coconuts 00:01:09 Timson, David
4 The library of a model dwelling-house 00:03:24 Timson, David
5 Free-trade and the working man 00:02:49 Timson, David
6 A draper on surveying his trade 00:04:22 Timson, David
7 The causes of prostitution 00:07:59 Timson, David
8 The Coal-Whippers' Journal 00:08:09 Timson, David
9 A letter from a bricklayers labourer 00:00:36 Timson, David
10 A debate about labour and capital between F.B.B. a 00:06:55 Timson, David
11 The population question, in which F. B. B. goes 't 00:07:51 Timson, David
12 Rosemary O'Day Introduction: i: London Labour and 00:10:14 Timson, David
Disc: 23
London Labour and the London Poor (Unabridged)16:33:00
1 Mayhew's brief in the letters to the Morning Chron 00:09:10 Timson, David
2 Breakdown by marital status 00:11:54 Timson, David
3 The bias towards the skilled worker 00:06:45 Timson, David
4 ii: Mayhew and the framework for an analysis of po 00:10:43 Timson, David
5 iii: Mayhew and Utilitarianism 00:11:02 Timson, David
6 iv: Journalism 00:03:04 Timson, David
7 v: Social inquiry and social reform 00:13:36 Timson, David
8 vi: The Selection 00:04:32 Timson, David
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