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Historical references to London's sounds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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Period referred to: 1830s

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.