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    A Visitor's Guide to Victorian England

    Michelle Higgs' guide to the weird and wonderful world of Victorian England

  • #2
    May 11,2019

    Read any Victorian newspaper and you’ll come across regular reports of criminal trials that had taken place at the assizes, quarter sessions or petty sessions. The accused is named, the case …

    Hard Labor In Victorian Prisons


    • #3
      July 3, 2019

      Even harder time than a British prison.......Eating Out In Victorian London

      If they had money in their pockets, the Victorians could find plenty of places to eat out, especially in the towns and cities. From rough-and-ready chop houses and public houses, elegant tea rooms …


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        Surely it can't be the anchovy stuffed olives which have brought on this extreme reaction? No? Oh no, not those charmingly piquant fried eels...


        • #5

          You just reminded me of something.

          Around 40-45 years ago in was very common to be asked when you ordered pizza if you'd like anchovies on it. Now, its as rare as being asked if you want a 5 caret diamond on your pie.

          Same thing with blind robins. They used to sell them in taprooms ( the salt on these sumbitches was a great inducement to ask for another beer....very salty).

          You can't find them now either, I'm told.

          Sorry.....blind robins are smoked herring which you got in a a slim jim or beef jerky.


          • #6
            Anchovy stuffed olives are still commonly available here - I must admit I love them...


            • #7
              I like anchovies too, Dave...there's a place a few miles from here that makes tomato pie....they also make anchovy pie ( anchovies, grated romano cheese, soft crust) too.

              All this talk about food got me hungry. About 40 years ago, it was a standard thing to stand in line for over 1 and 1/2 hours...even longer...on a get a Consolo's tomato pie in a neighborhood ( Manayunk) in NW Philly.

              The two brothers, Jim and Frank, would get clientele that would drive...and this is no shit....upwards of 35-40 miles away to just purchase rolls and tomato pie. The two brothers, now long dead, became estranged and the place closed down.

              If you've seen the film, Fallen, with Denzel Washington....the house ( the business was in their house....they cooked in a brick oven within the house) is shown momentarily. It was on Smick Street ....cobblestoned and narrow.

              I went with a friend back in 1972 on a Sunday to pick up a pie....just having returned from living in Texas and not knowing how popular the pie was.....and found myself standing on the sidewalk with him behind an enormous line of people.

              It didn't dawn on me that we ( standing on Umbria Street) were actually 250 yards away from the shop/house. I asked him why we just didn't walk up to the place....he told me that he did that every Sunday and you could get lumped up if you broke into line.

              Unbelievably good. Fantastic tasting food. A pie sliced into 20 squares can be wolfed down by two people with no sweat. The pies were 30 inches by 18.....big jawns.


              • #8
                July 22, 2019


                The weather on the morning of Saturday 14 June 1856 was wet with persistent drizzle, but it did not deter the crowds gathering in Stafford. From the early hours, thousands of people had been arrivi…


                • #9
                  October 5, 2019


                  Today, I’m thrilled to be hosting a guest post from Angela Buckley, a crime history author, who is researching detective history for a PhD at Oxford Brookes University. This post explores the…