Sir walter besant. South London, by Sir Walter Besant 2019-02-12

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Sir Walter Besant

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The novel concerns Angela Messenger, heiress to thirteen acres of brewery and houses in the East End, and Harry Goslett, who discovers himself to be the nephew of Uncle Bunker, one of the chief clerks in the Messenger brewery, and not the nephew of his adoptive uncle, Lord Jocelyn. While there he made, on half-holidays, short excursions into the City, studying its streets and buildings and developing a love of London archaeology and history which absorbed him in later life. For aught that I could see there was nothing before me but a life-long imprisonment. In 1855, he was admitted as a pensioner to Christ's College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1859 as 18th wrangler. The two last belonged to a series in which he endeavored to arouse the public conscience to the hardship among the poorest classes of cities. Then followed the same number apparelled as knights in the same livery.

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The Revolt of Man by Walter Besant

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It is in the year 467. The two last belonged to a series in which he endeavored to arouse the public conscience to the hardship among the poorest classes of cities. Southwark, during this period of rest, had become once more a town, or at least a village. This, of course, he expected; his friends within the City, of whom he had many, kept him acquainted with the changing currents of popular opinion. There was no one, when the last stones had been carted away, left to remember or to remind his children that there had been a palace on this spot. These two roads were the first communication between London and any other place; all the other roads, to the north and south and west and east, came afterwards. In twenty years, therefore, the City of London was besieged six times, and not once taken.

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Walter Besant: All Sorts and Conditions of Men

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After Rice's death, Sir Walter Besant wrote alone, and in All Sorts and Conditions of Men 1882 produced a stirring story of East End life in London, which set on foot the movement that culminated in the establishment of the People's Palace in the Mile End Road. It is significant of the seclusion in which the House lay that the only road which connected it with the world was that lane called Bermondsey or Barnsie or Barnabie Lane, which ran from the Abbey to St. A Danish House When London reappears, it is in humble guise: the City has shrunk within her ancient walls; and these have fallen into decay. This cavalcade, which gave the greatest joy to the citizens, all the way was followed by an enormous company of 'prentices and craftsmen and children, crowding after it and shouting. Two high causeways crossed the marsh, of which as yet not a square foot had been drained or reclaimed; yet the place was not so wild as it had been; the wild birds had been partly driven away by the noise and crowd of London, and by the concourse of ships sailing continually up and down. Like other earnest controversialists Besant tended to exaggerate his case, which in the main was sound. The wall gave way, however, at Barking in the time of Henry the Second; at Wapping in the time of Elizabeth; at Dagenham early in the last century: at each of these places the repair of the wall was costly and difficult.

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The Revolt of Man by Walter Besant

sir walter besant

Hearing that Edward was in extremis, the Mayor and Aldermen waited on the Princess of Wales and Prince Richard informing them of the King's critical situation, and beseeching the Prince's favour to the City; they also begged him to interfere for the better accommodation of the Duke's differences with them. Sir Walter Besant practised many branches of literary art with success, but he is most widely known for his long succession of novels, many of which have enjoyed remarkable popularity. From 1868 to 1885 he held the position of Secretary to the. I dare say the Romans strengthened the work: turned it from a gravelled way, soft in bad weather, into one of their hard, firm Roman roads; faced it with stone, and made it durable. Other popular novels by him were Dorothy Forster 1884 , Armorel of Lyonesse 1890 , and Beyond the Dreams of Avarice 1895.


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Walter Besant

sir walter besant

For the entertainment of this enormous company what a huge establishment would be needed! Thence it passed into the hands of the De Vesci family. On the north side were Westminster, Whitehall, St. In 1855 he was admitted as a to , , where he graduated in 1859 as 18th. Allectus goes forth to fight and die on Clapham Common: William's men burn the fishermen's cottages: little King Richard, that lovely boy, rides out, all in white and gold, from his Palace at Kennington—saw one ever so gallant a lad? The house in 1649, fifty years after Elizabeth had visited it, is said to have contained a chapel, a banqueting-hall, rooms on the ground floor and first floor called the King's side and the Queen's side. The gardens are grown over, the orchards are neglected, the inns are empty and ruinous. The causeway was not unlike those which now run across the Hackney Marshes; that is to say, it was raised so high as to be above the highest spring tide, about six feet above the level of the marsh.

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Walter Besant (Author of The History of London)

sir walter besant

After them marched the whole rout—the two thousand archers without whom Richard never moved; the armies of servants; lastly, when the last procurable cup had been drained, the musicians and the mummers and the singers marched off sadly. It certainly seems as if the claim of Owen Tudor to be called a gentleman was not recognised by the King or the heralds. This is the simple history of Benedictine, Franciscan, Cistercian, and all the rest. In this novel Besant depicted a fictitious 'Palace of Delight,' which should cure the joyless monotony of East End life. That seems a good-sized population for an utterly unknown town.

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Sir Walter Besant

sir walter besant

But Besant's chief aim was to strengthen the author's right in his literary property and to relieve him of traditional financial disabilities, which Besant ascribed in part to veteran customs of the publishing trade, n part to publishing devices which savoured of dishonesty, and in part to the unbusinesslike habits of authors. United University Club: September 1898. Before the Embankment and the Causeway, the South of London was impossible for the residence of man. We may, further, take it for granted that Cnut had officers of sense and experience on whom he could depend for carrying out his canal in a workmanlike manner. There was no port at Thorney: on the site of London were the two natural ports of Walbrook and the mouth of the Fleet; there was a high ground safer and more salubrious than that of Thorney; ships began to anchor there, quays were erected, goods were landed; the high road which we call Oxford Street was constructed to connect London with the highway of trade—afterwards Watling Street; and the trade of London began.

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Walter Besant: All Sorts and Conditions of Men

sir walter besant

He met Edmund and fought two battles with him; with what result history has made us acquainted. On those cliffs overhanging the river, the travellers by the causeway saw the huts of the fisherfolk. At the entrance of King Street, at a depth of fifteen or sixteen feet, were found a great many Roman lamps, a vase, and other sepulchral deposits. After the passage of the ford, the travellers found themselves face to face with a mile of dangerous bog, marsh and swamp, through which they had to plod and plough their way, sinking over their knees, up to the middle, before they emerged upon the higher ground, now called Clapham Rise. The site of the palace is indicated in the accompanying map.

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The Revolt of Man by Walter Besant

sir walter besant

The fact remains that he did please the Queen, and that so much that she consented to a secret marriage with him. His methodical habits of mind and work, which were due in part to his mathematical training, rendered his incessant labour effective in very varied fields. It is even neglected by its own citizens, who have never yet perceived their abandoned condition. Bishops and abbots were looking on Southwark as a place of fine air, open to every breeze and free from the noise and crowd of London; ecclesiastical foundations were already springing into existence. Archbishop Alphege was thus killed.

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Sir Walter Besant (1836

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In the year 992 the City showed its strength in a manner which was extremely startling to the Danes; for it equipped a great fleet, manned the ships with stout-hearted citizens, sent the ships down the river, met the Danish fleet, engaged them, and routed them with great slaughter. This very small district was called the Gildable Manor: it was conceded by the King to the City of London in the thirteenth century in order to prevent the place from becoming the home and refuge of criminals from the City. We may observe that if there had been a permanent settlement here—a town of any importance—they would have built a wall to protect it. Yet I think that the embankment came first; for the existence of Southwark—that of any part of South London—depended not on the bridge, but on the embankment and the ferry. Few Americans who visit London leave it without paying a pilgrimage to the venerable and beautiful church which glorifies Southwark. Other books on London 1892 , Westminster 1893 and South London 1899 showed that his mind was full of his subject.


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