Explore the City's Ancient Alleyways in the Footsteps of Charles Dickens
Turn left down Poultry
Turn left and walk towards the heart of London's financial district. This is the east end of Cheapside, but the street name has changed to Poultry. The name Poultry comes from the chicken market held here in earlier times. This area would have looked very different in Dickens's time. All the impressive buildings were constructed in the late 19th Century or after. A traffic count in Cheapside and London Bridge in 1850 showed a thousand vehicles an hour passing through during the day. All of this added up to an incredible amount of manure which had to be removed from the streets. In wet weather straw was scattered in walkways, store fronts, and in carriages to try to soak up the mud and wet.