Category Archives: victorian London

Who was “the great London Minotaur”?

“…not even the great London Minotaur himself—that portentous incarnation of lust and wealth—fill us with such sorrow and shame….”W.T. Stead in the Pall Mall Gazette July 8, 1885 In his epoch making series of articles on the Victorian business of … Continue reading

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A monumental source of eye-witness information on the Victorian age

Where did Charles Dickens go when he needed first hand information on London street merchants? Of course, he went out with detectives as they made their rounds but what if he needed to know about the street people who worked … Continue reading

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Who was Jack the Ripper?

According to Dr. Thomas E.A. Stowell, he was a member of the Royal family, Dr. Stowell claimed he had seen evidence that Jack the Ripper was Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale. Of course, others have mentioned the … Continue reading

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The health risks of street lighting during the Victorian age

In order to light the streets of the Metropolis (when Sherlock Holmes was written, the word Metropolis was capitalized and only applied to London) the flames of the street lamps had to be produced with a stable gas not likely … Continue reading

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