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Record 1259

Reading Experience:

Henry Mayhew interviews 'educated' costermongers who read fiction aloud to groups of costermongers in the courts they inhabit; long account of the comments made by illiterate costermongers when cheap serials are read to them, comments on the story lines they like, characters and illustrations; reading of G.W.M. Reynolds's "Mysteries" and Edward Lloyd's penny bloods
Century: 1800-1849, 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1840 and 31 Dec 1855
Country: England
Time: evening: summer's evening
Place: city: London
other location: in the courts they inhabit
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: educated costermonger
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
family, friends, workmates, costermongers in the courts they inhabit
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Edward Lloyd
Title: [various titles published by Lloyd]
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Serial / periodical
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: reading group


Source Information:

Record ID: 1259  
Source - Print  
  Author: Henry Mayhew
  Editor: n/a
  Title: London Labour and the London Poor
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1861
  Vol: 1
  Page: 25-26
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor (London, 1861), 1, p. 25-26,, accessed: 03 December 2023

Additional comments:



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