The Brunel Engine House - the Miner's Life Exhibition
 

Entertainment

   
 

Victorian Stilt Walkers

Henry Mayhew describes the entertainment that working people would have enjoyed, including listening to ballad singers in the pub, watching street conjurors, fire-eaters, and 'Jim Crow' performers with blacked faces. Irish and Scottish musicians also feature in Mayhew's report, including a blind Irish piper, and the English and German street bands. Some entertainments were more ancient; like the 'travelling fair', which might include a 'freak show', or bear-bating with dogs, which was witnessed in Southwark by John Keats just a few years before the tunnel was begun.

   
 

 

   
 
   

 

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