Charles Dickens in Stepney - 27 May, 1863

from The uncommercial traveller and other papers, 1859-1870, Vol 4, pages 243, page 243:

The next adventure that befel me in my visit to the Short-Timers, was the sudden apparition of a military band…. I saw with astonishment that several musical instruments, brazen and of great size, appeared to have suddenly developed two legs each, and to be trotting about a yard. And my astonishment was heightened when I observed a large drum, that had previously been leaning helpless against a wall, taking up a stout position on four legs. Approaching this drum and looking over it, I found two boys behind it (it was too much for one), and then I found that each of the brazen instruments had…   more >>
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The uncommercial traveller and other papers, 1859-1870, Vol 4, pages 243. In Michael Slater, Drew, John M. L., 1966- and Charles Dickens, The uncommercial traveller and other papers, 1859-1870 (2000), p. 243. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1382604759 accessed: 22 September, 2017

location of experience: Stepney

Listeners

Charles Dickens
Writer
1812-1870

Listening to

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marches performed by military band of the Stepney Union Schools
Cheer Boys Cheer performed by military band of the Stepney Union Schools
God Bless the Prince of Wales performed by choir of the Stepney Union Schools
Yankee Doodle performed by military band of the Stepney Union Schools

Experience Information

Date/Time 27 May, 1863
Medium live
Listening Environment in private, in the company of others, outdoors

Notes

Dickens is describing a visit to the Stepney Union Schools, where, according to the half- or short-time system, children attended school for three hours a day, and where 'naval drill' was part of the boys' curriculum. Dickens goes on to comment on the high demand from regimental bands for these boys.


Originally submitted by hgb3 on Thu, 24 Oct 2013 09:52:39 +0100