Victorian London

Victorian London

The Keary family did not find it easy… why should they… life in London in the 1800s was fast becoming an impossible place to live. Not that that put Thomas off for he remembered what it was like in Dublin - he was here to prove himself! Keary is not an Irish spelling but an anglicized version of Ciardha. The southern O’Neill invited Henry II to help retrieve their homelands. What a mistake…! Later there came the battle of the Boyne, and that finished Irish fortunes. Now the clan was scattered everywhere, there were those who joined other clans, some, knew the ways of the Spanish and moved there. Others sailed to America to try their luck in the gold fields, or to Australia taking their joinery skills. All were seeking a new way of life, away from ‘the troubles’. Now Thomas was in London as a whitesmith, where many Irish ended up.

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CHAPTER SUBJECT KEY
Page Count - 77 Word Count - 24,538
Setting the scene.
I. NEW BEGININGS: - John Keary – Ireland 1750 - Thomas of Dublin - St Giles, Westminster - London of 1811 - Trouble in Ireland - Canals - Kilkeary Parish - Liverpool - Silversmith - Cartage Work - The age of Railways
II. THE IRISH INTAKE: - Immigration - Soho - Building the Canals - The Great Exhibition - The Railway Age - Street Sellers - Chimney Sweeps, London's Economy - Factory Acts - City Life - The Metropolitan Railway - Servant Life
III. BAYSWATER: - Kensington Gardens - Parochial Schools - Salem Gardens - Vicar of London - Lord Mayor's Vicar - The Sutton Family in Sutton Place - The Working Class - Royal Parks
IV. ALBERT KEAREY: - Salem Gardens - Fashions - Moscow Road - Sunday best - The parlour - Queensway - Voluntary Schools - Good works, St Matthew's Church - Churching for Women - Lancaster Walk - Regents Park - Bayswater
V. ABDUCTION: - A turn in the Park - The Life of a Sweep - The slums of Notting Hill - The Police acts - Burt's Return - Paddington - London's Coaches - Deliverymen - Horse Transport - The errand boy
VI. SALEM GARDENS: - Saint Matthew's Infants - Learning by rote - Junior School - Church School - Children's complaints - Industrial society - The Laundry - London School Board - Boy's Brigade - The Volounteers
VII. THE REGIMENT:- Thompson McKay & Co -The Volounteers - The Kensington Battalion - VII. Masonic Lodge - Old Contempible - WWI - The Somme - DCM - The Hero's Return - Marylebone Station - Work & Marriage