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Historical references to London's sounds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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 Pub life, music and song   1 3     1 5 3
 City-wide celebrations     3 2   3 3  
 Toasts, dinners and feasts     2 1       1
 Theatre and cinema audiences     2 1 1 1    
 Music and song in theatres     2 2   2    
 Public music and song outdoors     3   1 4    
 Education: Oratory and debate   1            
 Gambling and fairs     1 1 1 2 1  
 Sporting events   1 1 1 1      
 Families at leisure             1  
 Dancing             1  
 Local celebrations           1   1

Period referred to: Early 1400s

Sound category: Social > Pub song and music

Title of work: London Lickpenny

Type of publication: Satirical poem

Author: Anonymous

Year of publication: c. 1410

Page/volume number: Not applicable

‘Pewter pots they clattered on a heap;
there was harp, pipe, and minstrelsie.’

Then I hied me into East Cheap.
  One cries 'Ribs of beef and many a pie!'
Pewter pots they clattered on a heap;
  There was harp, pipe, and minstrelsie.
  'Yea, by cock!' 'Nay, by cock!' some began to cry.
    Some sung of Jenken and Julian for their meed.
    But for lack of money I might not speed.