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1828 London Crier

I found this extract from the 1828 printing of ‘City Scenes’ by William Darton Well, here is the Bellman and Crier, calling the attention of the people to a description of a child that has been lost.  The number of children who have at times been stolen from their homes, has caused great alarm to…

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The Shakespeare connection.

We all know that Wm. Shakespeare wrote a play set in our borough, namely “The Merry Wives of Windsor”. What I find particularly good is that in act five, scene five of the play the following line appears. “Crier hobgoblin, makes the fairy oyes”. The line is spoken to some Windsor folk who have disguised…

global town crier

Global Town Crier

I took a look at the web stats for this site and was astounded to see that visitors from across the whole world have come to the website in the last few weeks. Aside from expected visits from locals (Maidenhead, Windsor etc) there have been visits from as far away as: Calgary Sydney Belleville Toronto…

Town Crier Cartoons

Here is a cruel but brilliant cartoon of a town crier. It was found on the back page of a copy of a children’s book, “The history of Old Mother Hubbard and her dog” by Sarah Catherine Martin 1768-1826. I like the pocket details. I a series of Max Fleischer cartoons from the late 30s and…