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Cheap Street: London's street markets and the cultures of informality, c. 1850-1939

Victoria Kelley


Cheap Street tells the history of London’s street markets and of the people who bought and sold there. From the 1850s anything that could be bought in a shop in London could also be bought in the street markets, which were the butcher, baker, greengrocer, provision merchant, haberdasher, tailor and furnisher of the working-class city. They sat uncomfortably on the edge of the law, barely tolerated by authorities that did not quite know whether to admire them for their efficient circulation of goods, or to despise them for their unregulated and ‘low’ character. They were the first recourse of i ... More

Keywords: street market, London, informality, social history, design history, material culture, urban studies, British working classes, costermonger, street seller

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780719099229
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7765/9781526131706


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Victoria Kelley, author
University for the Creative Arts

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