London Town

A Facsimile

Felix Leigh

London Town

Felix Leigh

Distributed for British Library

With Illustrations by Thomas Crane and Ellen Houghton
56 pages | 42 color plates | 8 x 8 | © 2011
Cloth $19.95 ISBN: 9780712358149 Published March 2011 For sale in North and South America only

Upon the broad Embankment

You’ll find a curious sight,—

The children play around it  

From morning until night;

And crowds of grown-up people

Come here to see it too,

‘Tis Cleopatra’s Needle

Folks gather thus to view.


In this charming facsimile of the children’s book London Town, first published in 1883, a young girl travels around London, encountering and appreciating many of the familiar sights and figures of London, including the Tower of London, the British Museum, Westminster Abbey, and a Beefeater. On her travels she also interacts with many less familiar, but equally intriguing figures, like the muffin man, the Shoeblack brigade, and Orange Girl. Written in verse by Felix Leigh, this book captures the sites and sounds of Victorian London, some still present today, others long forgotten.

Beautifully illustrated by distinguished Victorian illustrators Thomas Crane and Ellen Houghton, London Town will be a treasured gift for London travelers and admirers young and old.

The Tower of London
The Omnibus
The Penny-Ice Man
Covent Garden
The Penny-Toy Man
The Orange Girl
The First of May
St. James’ Park
Westminster Abbey
Charity Girls
The British Museum
The Underground Railway
The Zoological Gardens
The Milk Woman
The Muffin Man
The Shoeblacks
Christ’s Hospital
Guildhall-Gog and Magog
The Cat’s-Meat Man
The Night Watch
The Foundling Hospital
The Flower Woman
Cleopatra’s Needle
The Chestnut Woman
The Fifth of November
The Children’s Hospital
The Happy Family
The Crossing Sweeper
Punch and Judy
The Lowther Arcade
The Dustman is Coming
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