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.
Sound category: Ceremonial > Ritual openings of events
Title of work: John O'London
Type of publication: Magazine
Author: Not known
Year of publication: 1837
Page/volume number: 14 December 1837
Opening of the London to Deptford Railway
The directors having arrived at the London terminus were shown to their seats by ushers in waiting, and the band of music having taken up its positions on the roof of the carriage, the official bugler blew the signal for the start, and the train steamed off amidst the firing of cannon, the ringing of church bells, and the cheers of an excited crowd.