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In "A History of the Cries of London Ancient and Modern" by Charles Hindley, readers are treated to a fascinating exploration of the vibrant marketplace culture in the capital city during the 17th and 18th centuries. Hindley's meticulous research and captivating storytelling make this book a must-read for history enthusiasts and anyone intrigued by the intricacies of urban life.

Hindley starts by offering an in-depth analysis of the historical context surrounding the cries of London and their importance in the city's daily rhythm. He delves into the origins of these cries, tracing them back to medieval times and highlighting how they evolved over centuries. Whether it was the calls of fishmongers, broom sellers, or milkmaids, Hindley expertly brings to life the vivid tapestry of vendors and their distinctive cries that filled the streets of London.

One of the strengths of Hindley's book is his extensive use of primary sources, such as broadsides, diaries, and personal accounts from the time period. Through these firsthand narratives, readers gain a deep understanding of the impact these cries had on the social, economic, and cultural fabric of London. Hindley's ability to extract and present these historical documents in an accessible manner is commendable, making the book engaging and informative.

The author's meticulous attention to detail is evident in his descriptions of the individual cries, providing readers with a sense of the sensory experience of walking through bustling marketplaces. From the cadence of the shouts to the distinct dialects of different tradespeople, Hindley succeeds in transporting readers back in time, allowing them to immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere of London's crowded streets.

Despite its historical focus, "A History of the Cries of London Ancient and Modern" is far from a dry academic read. Hindley injects humor and personality into his writing, making the book enjoyable and accessible for a wide range of readers. His anecdotes and historical tidbits add depth and character to the narrative, transforming what could have been a mere cataloging of cries into a captivating journey through time.

One might argue that the book could have benefited from more illustrations or visual references to enhance the reader's understanding. While Hindley's vivid descriptions do a remarkable job of painting mental imagery, a visual component could have further enriched the reading experience, particularly for those less familiar with the historical context.

Overall, "A History of the Cries of London Ancient and Modern" is a well-researched and engaging exploration of a unique aspect of London's past. Charles Hindley's passion for the subject matter shines through, making this book an excellent addition to any library dedicated to British history.

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A HISTORY OF THE Cries of London.

Woodcuts by Thomas & John Bewick , And their Pupils, &c.

[ENTERED AT STATIONERS' HALL. All Rights Reserved. ]

[Illustration: HOGARTH'S PIEMAN.

"We frequently meet with the pieman in old prints; and, in Hogarth's 'March to Finchley,' there he stands in the very centre of the crowd, grinning with delight at the adroitness of one robbery, while he is himself the victim of another. We learn from this admirable figure by the greatest painter of English life, that the pieman of the last century perambulated the streets in professional costume; and we gather further, from the burly dimensions of his wares, that he kept his trade alive by the laudable practice of giving 'a good pennyworth for a penny.' Justice compels us to observe that his successors of a later generation have not been very conscientious observers of this maxim."]


Ancient and Modern.

" Let none despise the merry, merry Cries Of famous London Town. "



Editor of "The Old Book Collector's Miscellany; or, a Collection of Readable Reprints of Literary Rarities," "Works of John Taylor the Water Poet," "The Roxburghe Ballads," "The Catnach Press," "The Curiosities of Street Literature," "The Book of Ready Made Speeches," "Life and Times of James Catnach, late of the Seven Dials, Ballad Monger," "Tavern Anecdotes and Sayings," etc... Continue reading book >>

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