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: Social > Toasts, dinners and feasts
Title of work: Memoirs
Type of publication: Diary/Private correspondence
Author: William Hickey
Year of publication: 1768
Page/volume number: Not known
William Hickey is unimpressed by the Lord Mayor’s banquet
The Lord Mayor's table, at which I was [. . .] was less [hot] than other parts of the hall, from being considerably elevated above the rest. The wines were excellent, and the dinner the same, served, too, with as much regularity and decorum as if we had been in a private house; but far different was the scene in the body of the hall [. . .] the roaring and noise was deafening and hideous, which increased as the liquor operated, bottles and glasses flying across from side to side without intermission.