What is this blog about?
It is about the London Street Views that John Tallis produced from 1838-1847. He produced 88 street views in small oblong booklets between 1838 and 1840, with an additional 18 revised and enlarged several years later. The header of this blog is from number 29. The views all include a 2-page engraved elevation showing the separate properties, some with the name of the proprietor or shop engraved on it, but most just with the number. Surrounding this engraving were several pages of advertisements and an informative text about the street shown. On one side of the engraving Tallis showed a street map, on the other side a ‘vignette’, an illustration of a building or landmark pertaining to the elevation. Also included was a street directory listing all the shops and side streets.
The booklets usually cost 1½d (sometimes 2d). This low cost is no doubt explained by the advertisements which are partly from businesses in that particular booklet, but also from other shops in different streets. It is thought that the shops that had their names engraved on the elevation had had to pay for the privilege, otherwise it cannot readily be explained why only some had names.
This blog will show individual shops, where possible with a bit of background information or additional illustrations. There will not be any street order in the way I post; it will be where my fancy or the information available leads me, but I will provide an index, tags and categories, so anyone interested in just one street can find the properties on that street in one place.
Why this blog?
Because my other blog is about existing buildings and places you can go and see, but not everything Tallis wrote about is still extant. This blog is about lost shops and businesses of the past. Having said that, some may still exist, although not necessarily in the same place or changed beyond recognition, so where possible, I will tell you the current status and whereabouts.
Most genealogical information, such as baptisms, marriages, probate and census records, is obtained through Ancestry.co.uk and is not referenced individually to avoid too lengthy footnotes. All other sources are cited. Photographs are credited where necessary, although most material is derived from out of copyright publications.
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