the Ellisdon family in Stockwell, London - 1899

from Starting from Victoria, page 34:

[Leonard Ellisdon got his ‘first job in Fleet Street’ as an office boy, aged 14, where he briefly worked until the business went bankrupt. His father, Fred Ellisdon, was a compositor on Fleet Street]


And so I went home, feeling very unhappy and that my business career was finished as far as the city was concerned. However, my father gave me 4d and I bought a mouth organ and for the remainder of the afternoon, drove my family up the wall with my rendering of “Hearts of Oak” [sic], “Rule Britannia” and “God Save the Queen”.

cite as

Leonard W. Ellisdon, Starting from Victoria. In Brunel University The Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies, number 1:229, p. 34. accessed: 19 July, 2024

location of experience: Stockwell, London


the Ellisdon family
compositor, office boy, shop keeper

Listening to

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'Rule Britannia'
written by Thomas Arne
performed by Leonard W. Ellisdon
'Heart of Oak'
written by William Boyce
performed by Leonard W. Ellisdon
'God Save the Queen' performed by Leonard W. Ellisdon

Experience Information

Date/Time 1899
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 20 Jul 2018 11:57:54 +0100
Approved on Wed, 29 Aug 2018 18:03:14 +0100