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Herr Moritz Gives Advice for Visitors

Another anecdote from Carl Philip Moritz’s Journal of 1782: “A foreigner has nothing to fear from the Press Gang provided he keeps away from suspicious places. Standing on dry land on Tower Hill, near the Tower of London is a ship complete with masts and rigging. This is no more than an ingenious device for … Continue reading

Streets of London and Elsewhere

Streets of London and Elsewhere

England’s cities, especially London, grew without the modern advantages of town planning and building regulations. Archenhoz describes London of the 1760s as “the worst paved city in Europe. From almost every house an enormous sign was suspended, which darkened the street, often fell down, and sometimes killed people. Malcolm  notes ‘the streets were generally badly … Continue reading