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The Picture Gallery: Photographs of Liverpool

Gateway to Empire 1986


"In the evening, especially when the sailors are gathered in great numbers, these streets present a most singular spectacle, the entire population of the vicinity being seemingly turned into them. Hand organs and fiddles, plied by strolling musicians, mix with the songs of the seamen, the babble of women and children and the whining of beggars. From the various boarding houses, proceed the noise of revellry". Herman Melville, 1839

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