21. The Sausage King of London


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Described as a “vulgar, industrious, shrewd” character worthy of Charles Dickens or Chris Reade, this is the story of, arguably, the most brilliant and bonkers businessman of Victorian London. William Harris, the Sausage King, built his string of sausage shops from the murky misery of Newgate Market, before moving to his glamorous new premises across the road from Smithfield Market. He was known in every household in England, and his fame spread to most every continent in the world.

Also this week, Jim reads a lyrical musing about what would happen if people didn’t have to eat, and a gaff of an announcement which has a certain newpaper in all kinds of trouble.

This is Yesterday’s Chip Paper, a fortnightly(ish) history podcast that looks at true crime, strange stories, bizarre letters and old poetry from the pages of historic newspapers. Every two weeks or so, transatlantic researchers Jim and Violet discuss a story they’ve found from historic newspaper archives across the world.

Newspaper archives used in this episode:British Newspaper Archive www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/

Newspapers.com www.newspapers.com

New York Times Archive http://www.nytimes.com/ref/membercenter/nytarchive.html

Papers Past (National Library of New Zealand) https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/

TROVE (National Library of Australia) www.trove.nla.gov.au/

Articles used in this episode:

Birmingham Daily Post - Saturday 20 April 1918

Boston Guardian - Saturday 02 August 1890

Globe - Saturday 19 February 1887, Sat 26 April 1890

Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail - Saturday 13 April 1912

Islington Gazette - Monday 30 June 1890

Nottingham Journal - Tuesday 16 February 1937

The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Tue 4 Jun 1912

Sheffield Daily Telegraph - 13 April 1912


The Tatler - Wednesday 18 March 1903

Washington Post - 28 April 1912

Other sources:

The Academy and Literature, Volume 60 - Academy Publishing Company, 1901

The Charles Pearce Project http://charlespearce.org/people/william-harris.html

The Dictionary of Victorian London http://www.victorianlondon.org/markets/newgatemarket.htm

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