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Historical references to London's sounds

A database of several hundred historical descriptions and references to London's sounds. They're drawn mainly from primary sources such as autobiographies, diaries and statutes, as well as novels written around the times they depict.

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 General sounds of street and town   1 9 2 3 20 12 7
 Open-air markets     1   2 2    
 Road traffic         1 3    
 Communal living and confinement     1 1   2 3  
 River traffic and related sounds     5     2 3  
 Plague, war and disaster   1 6 2   2 4  
 Sound qualities of buildings     1          
 Sounds of crowds   1       1    

Period referred to: Early 11th century

Sound category: Ambient > Plague, war and disaster

Title of work: The Saga of Olaf Haraldson

Type of publication: Saga/Epic poem

Author: Snorri Sturluson

Year of publication: 1225

Page/volume number: n/a

King Olaf destroys London Bridge c. 1014

London Bridge is broken down.
Gold is won, and bright renown.
Shields resounding,
War-horns sounding,
Hild is shouting in the din!
Arrows singing,
Mail-coats ringing –
Odin makes our Olaf win!

[Here Sturluson quotes the 11th century skald Ottar Svarte.]