The Brunel Engine House - the Miner's Life Exhibition



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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