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Two Irish labourers resting. One is smoking. The paving cobbles on the right suggest these two labourers appear to be taking a break from the task of laying cobbles to surface the road. London's increasingly complex infrastructure required a large workforce to install and service it. A substantial number of Irish immigrants found employment as labourers doing this kind of work. Other working class Irishmen took jobs as sedan chair carriers, porters, coal-heavers, weavers, milk sellers, street hawkers, publicans and professional beggars.
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