Further Reading


Ervine, St. John G., Francis Place the Tailor of Charing Cross (London: The Fabian Society, 1912)

Miles, Dudley,  Francis Place: The Life of A Remarkable Radical 1771-1854 (Harvester Press, 1988).

Place, Francis, The Autobiography of Francis Place ed. Mary Thale (Cambridge University Press, 1972).

Wallas, Graham,  The Life of Francis Place, 1771-1854, (London: Allen & Unwin, 1925).

Place's Writings

British Library Add. MSS 27789-27859, 35142-35154, 36623-36628, 37949-37950.

London Radicalism, 1830-1843: A Selection from the Papers of Francis Place ed. D.J. Rowe, Vol 5. (London Record Society, 1970)

'The Affairs of Others': The Diaries of Francis Place, 1825-1836 ed. James A. Jaffe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Pres, 2007)

Selections from The Paper of the London Corresponding Society, 1792-1799 ed. Mary Thale, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983)

Place's Ballad Collection

Coleman, Julie, A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries: Vol 1 1567-1784 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008).

Gatrell, V.A.C., The Hanging Tree: Execution and the English People, 1770-1868 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994), 109-155.

Gammon, Vic, Desire, Drink and Death in English Folk and Vernacular Song, 1600-1900 (Ashgate, 2008)

Hitchcock, Tim, Down and Out in Eighteenth-Century London (London: Contiunuum, 2004)

Makdisi, Saree, Making England Western: Occidentalism, Race and Imperial Culture (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2013), 39-132.

Newman, Ian, "Civilizing Taste": Sandman Joe, the Bawdy Ballad, and Metropolitan Improvement" Eighteenth-Century Studies 48.4 (2015), 437-456.

General Scholarship about Place

Barrell, John, Imagining The King's Death: Figurative Treason, Fantasies of Regicide, 1793-1796 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000)

Harrison, Brian, "Two Roads to Social Reform: Francis Place and the 'Drunken Committee' of 1834" The HIstorical Journal 11.2 (1968): 272-300

Herzog, Don, Poisoning The Minds of the Lower Orders (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000)

Jacobs, Edward, "John Cleave’s Weekly Police Gazette (1834–6), Francis Place, and the Pragmatics of the Unstamped Press" The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America Vol. 104.1 (2010): 53-75

Mansfield, Nick, "Radicalism and The Military, 1790-1860" in Soldiers as Citizens: Popular Politics and The Nineteenth-century British Military (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2019), 28-56

Sheridan, Claire, "A Tragedy Called 'The Last Man': Hazlitt's Joke On Francis Place" The Hazlitt Review, Vol. 7 (2014): 47-56

Thompson, E.P., The Making of the English Working Class (New York: Vintage, 1966)

Wu, Duncan, "Hazlitt, Francis Place, And The Bentham Circle: New Findings" Charles Lamb Bulletin Vol. 132 (2005): 95-103

On Street Song in Eighteenth-century London

Atkinson, David and Steve Roud, Street Ballads in Nineteenth-century Britain, Ireland and North America: The Interface Between Print and Oral Traditions (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014)

Atkinson, Steve and Steve Roud, Street Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century: Producers, Sellers, Consumers (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017) 

Atkinson, David and Steve Roud, Cheap Print and Street Literature of the Long Eighteenth-Century (Open Book Publishers, forthcoming)

Cox Jensen, Oskar, The Ballad Singer in Georgian and Victorian London (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021)

Groom, Nick, The Making of Percy's Reliques (Oxford: Oxford English Monographs, 1999)

Palmer, Roy, The Sound of History: Song and Social Comment (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988)

Shephard, Leslie, The History of Street Literature: The Story of Broadside Ballads, Chapbooks, Proclamations, News-Sheets, Election Bills, Tracts, Pamphlets, Cocks, Catchpennies, and Other Ephemera (Detroit: Thie Singing Tress Press, 1973)

Useful Websites

Mainly Norfolk

The Mudcat Cafe

Vaughan William Memorial Library (includes The Roud Index)