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Caption for London, Sweep 1884: Mayhew reports that sweepers were a tight-knit community. Master sweepers often let rooms to families in the same trade. The climbing boys, often from the Workhouse, earned 2d or 3d a day, but were sometimes given an extra 6d by grateful householders. They climbed easily up through wide flues using their elbows and legs but often got stuck or nearly suffocated in narrow nine-inch chimneys.

An extract from London Photographic Memories.

Memories of London

It was built many years before 1965 of course. The only memory of mine is just some trivia : It was featured in the opening sequence of Danger Man 1960 and also in Cliff Richard's film The Young Ones in 1961.

Seems to be before the Alexandar Bridge was added between the railway and road bridge, it carried the railway line to Holborn.

In the 1901 census my great-grandfather, Matthew Wise, was a night watchman close to the Bank of England at 6 Lothbury. I had found my grandmother as a child of 4 living with her mother Matilda and family in Hackney, but as initially I didn't know his first name I needed to carry out some detective work to find him! My grandmother married Sydney Lake in 1918.

I was only fourteen, and wanted to be a nurse. I went to see Matron *trembles* and asked if I could do some voluntary work, which she allowed me to do for a couple of hours after school once or twice a week. I was to do drinks and flowers etc. Little did Matron know how I got sucked in because they were always short (...Read full memory)

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