A Respectable Living in South London
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Local historian Tracey Gregory is in conversation with Lena Augustinson and Naomi Clifford about the options open to women earning their own living in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in south London.

Loughborough Hotel and adjacent shops. Courtesy of Tracey Gregory

Tracey Gregory is the driving force behind Loughborough Road Histories, a collection of microhistories of the shops, pubs and people who have lived and worked in a small complex of streets near Brixton in London SW9 over the past 180 years.

The Laundry Shop, Walter Sickert (1885). Photographed at ‘Sickert’, Tate Britain 2022.

Meet Emma Armstrong, who ran a laundry service, Emma Jenkins, stationer, and Eliza Dale, bootshop manager, numerous boarding-house keepers, music teachers and artists, and Nellie Roberts, orchid painter, who featured in another of our episodes.

Home page featured image: Wellcome Images – Sunlight: in sympathy (Sunlight Soap is in sympathy with the joys of women). Lever Brothers Ltd. Lever Brothers Ltd. Date[between 1890 and 1899?]

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