Whitecross and the Bench; A Reminiscence of the Past

Whitecross and the Bench; A Reminiscence of the Past

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ... and aldermen were about to dine. The fees for cooking provided Joe with a good income, out of which he must have saved money, for his expenses were but slight, as he lived with his wife, who was an invalid, in two ground-floor rooms opposite to the great kitchen, and divided from it by a court-yard, in which were some two or three patches of earth, some four feet square, upon which some of.Ioe's spare hours were devoted in the vain attempt to make them look like a garden. We all know the sickly, stunted, begrimed appearance a London back-yard garden has, surrounded by high walls and buildings that admit only thin slices of sunshine to reach the poor plants, whose leaves are powdered with the soot of hundreds of smoky chimneys. On turning the corner and coming in view of the kitchen, my appearance was the signal for a loud outburst of shrieks and squalls from Mrs. Colwell's pet parrot, whose cage was placed upon a chair near the door. Polly was an institution of the Bench; everyone took notice of her. After looking in and taking a survey of the place, I turned to retrace my steps, and on reaching the corner of the main building I saw for the first time the 'County side, ' or locality where those detenus who receive the County allowance reside. Their rooms are the back ones of the main building, in every way similar to the front ones; but instead of the open Parade and Park facing them there is only a narrow yard, some thirty feet wide, between the building and the lofty wall, with its iron cheuaum do frise on the top. This wall runs round the whole place and encloses some four or five acres. It reaches as high as the windows of the third story, and limits the view of the tenants of all rooms below the top floor...
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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236980298
  • 9781236980298