In 1876 photographer John Thompson and writer Adolphe Smith walked the streets of London talking to anyone they came in contact with, John Thompson took the photos and Adolphe Smith wrote the stories of these everyday people for the then:
“Street Life in London” magazine.
The photos are stored at the Bishopsgate Institute, and the words used to describe the photos are the writings of Adolphe Smith.
William Hampton of the London Nomades, a group of travellers who were staying on vacant land in Battersea: ‘Why what do I want with education? Any chaps of my acquaintance that knows how to write and count proper ain’t much to be trusted into the bargain’
Street Doctor: ‘Vendors of pills, potions and quack nostrums are not quite so numerous as they were in former days’
Survivors of Street Floods in Lambeth: ‘As for myself, I have never felt right since that awful night when, with my little girl, I sat above the water on my bed until the tide went down’
If you would like to see more and different photos of London in the 1800’s there is a very good article in Mail Online, the article is an interesting read, and while your reading think about what it must of been like to live in the 1800’s.