Drunken women fighting on a rooftop. from The People of the Abyss, by Jack London, circa 1903

In the midst of life I woke to find myself living in an old house beside Brick Lane in the East End of London

Bloomin' luvverly: Peter takes Victorian life very seriously, even down to the waistcoat and flat cap

Living in the past: Man spends six years turning cottage into Victorian time capsule

Bloomin luvverly: Peter takes Victorian life very seriously, even down to the waistcoat and flat cap - My Cottage Garden

“Street Arabs” (the  Victorian Term Used for Homeless/Poor London Children)  Spitalfields c.1890

"Sherlock Holmes used a rabble of "dirty and ragged little street-Arabs" for his unofficial information and errand force, the Baker Street Irregulars." - (HHH -- “Street Arabs” (the Victorian Term Used for Homeless/Poor London Children) Spitalfields

Secret steps and lost lanes of Whitby brought to life (From Gazette & Herald) - Arguments Yard in Whitby in the 19th Century

c 1890 Arguments Yard Whitby North Yorkshire by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe. There are more yards to be seen in the book "Whitby yards through time" by Alan Whitworth.

Adelaide Springett was so ashamed of her tattered boots, she took them off for this 1901 photograph. Adapted from Spitalfields Nippers by Horace Warner, published by Spitalfields Life Books, £20.

Portraits of the Spitalfields Nippers taken by photographer in book

Adelaide Springett was so ashamed of her tattered boots, she took them off for this 1901 photograph by Horace Warner. He took many intimate portraits of London’s poorest children in the early

An East London pet store in the 1890's with a wall of caged song-birds at Club Row.

An East London pet store in the with a wall of caged song-birds at Club Row. The Huguenots were known for loving caged birds. My dad did too.

Perhaps it is not my usual favorite vehicle for detail (fiction) but this book about the everyday life of a Victorian is sure to enrich my gluttonous appetite for antique customs and curiosities.

Best Books of 2014 - How To Be A Victorian: A Dawn-To-Dusk Guide To Victorian Life

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