This resource explores the ballads that the social reformer Francis Place recorded in his manuscript collection. These were ballads that he remembered being heard sung about the streets of London in the 1780s when he was young and that he attempted to remember around thirty years later in around 1819. The manuscripts bear witness to the vital street culture of the late eighteenth century that Place recognized was dying out.


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