A Fish Auction in Columbia Market
In 1869 Baroness Burdett-Coutts paid for the building of the great Columbia Market (for fish) between Hackney and Bethnal Green Roads on the site of Nova Scotia Gardens, a squalid area of tenements and hovels and dust heaps. The cost of building the market was estimated at 200, 000. It was a philanthropic enterprise to make a clearance of the slum dwellings which clustered so thickly in the area but also to help the local people to have supplies of cheap fresh produce. Lack of support from wholesalers and small traders who preferred the open streets ensured its failure and it closed in 1885 and eventually became a bit of a white elephant and was demolished between 1958 and 1966"
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
English gentleman at the tomb of Petrarch's muse, Laura
English gentleman at the tomb of Petrarch's muse, Laura de Sade, Laure des Noves, in the Chapelle des Sade, convent of the Cordeliers, Avignon. At the tomb of Laura. Handcoloured copperplate engraving after an illustration by Thomas Rowlandson from Journal of Sentimental Travels in the Southern Provinces of France, translated and abridged from Moritz August von Thummel's Reise in die mitt??glichen Provinzen van Frankreich im Jahre 1785'??1786, Rudolph Ackermann, London, 1821
Babcock and Wilcox 6 ton Steam Roller YB7976 Toby
Babcock and Wilcox 6 ton Steam Roller YB7976 Toby (msn 95/4009). Seen with a 1955 Standard 10 motor car 200CPJ at a 1959 Walford Cross auction. Built in 1925 to the design of Messrs. Clayton & Shuttleworth Ltd. who had been taken over by Babcock & Wilcox in 1924. YB7976 is one of eight delivered to W W Buncombe of Highbridge, Somerset in January 1926, where it worked until 1966. Only five Babcock & Wilcox rollers survive, two 6 ton and three 10 ton models. (Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) began in 1867 with one patent, two friends and an unwavering commitment to reliable and effective innovation. When Stephen Wilcox first avowed that here must be a better way to safely generate power, he and George Babcock responded with the design for the first inherently safe water-tube boiler, and the company was born. This challenge to continuously improve endures today, over 150 years later). Date: 1959
© The Peter Butt Steam Collection / Mary Evans Picture Library