"A word on the spot is worth a cartload of recollections"
James Maggs, Southwold diarist 1797-1890
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Two hundred and fifty years ago, London sounded different. Nowadays we are used to the steady background hum of motorised road traffic, overlaid by the soft roar of aeroplanes and an occasional ice cream van playing "Greensleeves" in the suburbs. Then, London's streets echoed to the cries of street sellers.