The Trickster Prince

Matt Houlbrook: mobile historian; beard growing, head shaving; occasional cycling.

The roast beef of Old England on its “Last Legs” (1920)

In the background King George V inspects the Aberdeen Angus steer which won the championship at the Smithfield Club’s Show, held at the Agricultural Hall in Islington, in December 1920. In the foreground other visitors admire “specimens of the fine Hereford breed.” Described as the “supreme test of fat stock excellence,” the show was deemed interesting enough to make the front page of The Graphic.

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3 comments on “The roast beef of Old England on its “Last Legs” (1920)

  1. M-H
    October 9, 2013

    Coincidence: yesterday evening here in Sydney we watched a taped TV program – can’t remember the name – part of a series which follows the changes in a London street over decades. Last night it was the Caledonian Road, and they discussed the acres of animal pens near Kings Cross in the early part of the 20thC. Also, community gardens between the houses, prostitutes, current property developers and the failed attempt by British Rail to redevelop the Kings Cross area for the Channel Tunnel trains.

  2. The Trickster Prince
    October 9, 2013

    Nice! I like this because it draws attention to how things that we associate with a much earlier period persist well into the twentieth century: the 1920s never look as *modern* as I expect because of the layers of buildings and practices and characters and customs.

  3. M-H
    October 9, 2013

    Found it! The series was called The Secret History of our Streets. Each episode starts with Charles Booth’s classifications and works forward. Lots of interviews with older residents, photos, old films etc.

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