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Of mudlarks and a sticky end.

Shad Thames. Charles Dickens set portions of Oliver Twist in an area east of Shad Thames, which was then called 'Jacob's Island'. Dickens was taken to this impoverisehed place by the river police. "...crazy wooden galleries common to the backs of half a dozen houses, with holes from which to look upon the slime beneath; windows, broken and patched, with poles thrust out, on which to dry the linen that is never there; rooms so small, so filthy, so confined, that the air would seem to be too tainted even for the dirt and squalor which they shelter; wooden chambers thrusting themselves out above the mud and threatening to fall into it - as some have done; dirt-besmeared walls and decaying foundations, every repulsive lineament of poverty, every loathsome indication of filth, rot, and garbage: all these ornament the banks of Jacob's Island. It was here that Bill Sikes had his den and fell and drowned in the mud.

comments (15)

A great picture John. So much detail in the scene. Well Done.
John Prior: Thanks Frances, this came alive when the colour was removed.
This is just brilliant. I've never seen such a place.
John Prior: Thank you T, still a lot of echoes of the past in London.
The way that you have framed this from below the pier is fantastic John and your treatment has given it that Oliver Twist look to it....well done....petersmile
John Prior: Many thanks Peter, a boat trip brings the river alive.
Terrific image! Beautifully composed and processed!
John Prior: Thank you Elizabeth, this came alive when the colour was removed.
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 28 Aug 2011, 07:37
Nice photo, good processing
John Prior: Thank you Chantal, I was pleased with this one.
Super shot John,all the better for the tide being out, I like the modern bridge on the old wood structures.
John Prior: Thank you Frank, yes the tide being out made it.
This is a terrific picture John.
John Prior: Thank you Bill, I was pleased the way this went.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 28 Aug 2011, 16:04
It's still got bags of character John
John Prior: Thanks Chris, It is nice to still be able to catch echoes of the past. I see Shutterchance has moved me to Germany again - it must be a plot smile
It's looking fine now but obviously something else back in Dicken's time. Good shot and info John
John Prior: Thanks Janet, yes we would recoil in horror if we encountered Dicken's time.
Great picture John, it really has a Dickens feel to it.
John Prior: Thanks Brian
  • Les Auld
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Aug 2011, 21:09
A bit of ancient and modern John, just grand.
John Prior: Thanks Les, the treatment helped blend both, it did not work in colour.
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 29 Aug 2011, 19:13
wonderful scene. love this in B&W and with your toning.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 29 Aug 2011, 21:46
wow. a thought provoking scene. i like the painterly feel of it and the overall tone.
Looks like a very old picture. Love this one!
Have a nice day.
wowza ... what is this place today? wild structures!
John Prior: Most of the warehouses have been converted into apartments, much changed from Dickens time, at low tide still pretty muddy, I wouldn't want to fall in smile Cheers Crash

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