A general view of the Victorian Walk Gallery

A general view of the Victorian Walk Gallery
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actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

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A general view of the Victorian Walk Gallery with the Pawnbroker shop on the right and the Tailors shop on the left.

Pawnbrokers, referred to as ‘uncle’, were the poor person’s bank. Clothing and jewellery were handed over in exchange for a loan. If the loan was not repaid within a year, ‘uncle’ could sell the goods. By 1900 there were 700 pawnbrokers in London. Forfeited articles for sale in this window include Sunday best clothing, wedding gifts and ornaments.

Tailors catered to ‘white-collar’ office workers. Clients first selected a length of material. The tailor measured them, prepared a paper pattern and cut the cloth. He gave the pieces to an ‘outworker’ or assistant to stitch together on a sewing machine. Poor Londoners had nothing ‘tailor-made’, but bought used clothes from shops and markets.

The ‘Victorian Walk’ uses original
shopfronts and objects from the Museum’s collection to capture the atmosphere of London life at the close of the 19th century –
a shopping arcade, a barber’s, a bank manager’s and clerk’s offices, a public bar, a back alley of warehouses and workshops.

© Museum of London

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