Frank Thomas Bullen in Edgware Road, London - between in the middle of the 1860's and at the end of the 1860's

from Confessions of a Tradesman , page 12:

I had very little to do here [a trunk-maker’s] in the way of errand- running, but I had no idle moments, and when not occupied in the almost interminable job of dusting the stock and cleaning out the shop, I could always find work below [in the workshop], making paste and lining the cheap boxes we made for servants. And here I was quite happy, for the journeyman was a genial soul and beguiled the time with jokes and snatches of song, often too giving me a portion of his frugal dinner or a halfpenny, which I promptly invested in "broken stale " at the baker's hard by[.]

cite as

Frank T. Bullen, Confessions of a Tradesman (London, 1908), p. 12. accessed: 25 June, 2024

location of experience: Edgware Road, London


Frank Thomas Bullen
Author, carver gilder, picture frame maker, clerk civil service, merchant seaman […]

Listening to

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unspecified singing while working performed by a trunk maker

Experience Information

Date/Time between in the middle of the 1860's and at the end of the 1860's
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in public, solitary


Frank Bullen was orphaned aged nine, living on the streets of London by his wits, doing a range of odd jobs until the age of twelve (1869) when he joined the Merchant Navy as a cabin boy.

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 20 Sep 2022 13:37:33 +0100
Approved on Tue, 04 Oct 2022 11:46:50 +0100