June 08, 2023, 07:47:44 pm


Take a look at the new products we have listed in the shop !!

The Life of a Mudlark, 1861

Started by gash, June 04, 2017, 10:32:10 pm

Previous topic - Next topic


An account of a nineteenth century mudlark by Henry Mayhew from his extra volume of "London Labour & London Poor," 1861.

The mudlarks generally consist of boys and girls, varying in age from eight to fourteen or fifteen. For the most part they are ragged, and in a very filthy state, and are a peculiar class, confined to the river. As soon as the tide is out they make their appearance, and remain till it comes in. These mudlarks are generally strong and healthy, though their clothes are in rags. Their fathers are robust men. By going too often to the public house they keep their families in destitution, and the mothers of the poor children are glad to get a few pence in whatever way they can.

The following narrative was given to us by a mudlark we found on a float on the river Thames at Millwall, to the eastward end of the Ratcliffe Highway. On our calling to him, he got the use of a boat lying near and came towards us with alacrity. He was an Irish lad of about thirteen years, dressed in a brown fustian coat and vest, dirty greasy canvas trousers roughly-patched, striped shirt with the collar folded down, and a cap with a peak.

Click here To continue reading : http://spitalfieldslife.com/2010/09/29/the-life-of-a-mudlark-1861/
XP Deus 9" coil & 13x11 coil
XP Goldmaxx Power
Whites DFX
Garrett Ace250
Nokta Simplex+

Powered by EzPortal