SHARE THIS PAGE

Historical references to London's sounds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.

 SUB-CATEGORY 1st to
10th
11th to
15th
16th to
17th
18th Early
19th
Late
19th
Early
20th
Late
20th
 Demonstrations     2 1 1   1  
 Elections and election campaigns     1          
 Meetings and indoor gatherings       1   2    
 Public political oratory   2       1 1  
 Strikes and trade union activities     1       1  
 Political, sectarian and ethnic conflict   1   1     1  

Period referred to: Early 20th century

Sound category: Political > Direct action and destruction of property

Title of work: Daily Mail

Type of publication: Newspaper

Author: Daily Mail

Year of publication: 1910

Page/volume number: 1 March 1910

Suffragettes go window smashing

From every part of the crowded and brilliantly lighted streets came the crash of splintered glass. People started as windows shattered at their side; suddenly there was another crash in front of them; on the other side of the street; behind – everywhere. [. . .] Meanwhile the shopping quarter of London had plunged itself into a sudden twilight. Shutters were hurriedly, the rattle of iron curtains being drawn came from every side.