Friday, November 5, 2010
This is a CDV of a woman, probably from the 1890s, taken by a W. Wright. His business address is listed as "83 Bishopsgate ST. Without, E.C. It may be hard to see, but it's down in the lower right corner.
We've done some research and found out quite a bit about the photographer. We've also come across addresses listed as Bishopsgate Within, EC.
We're not 100% positive what the Within, Without & EC mean.
This is what we think - if someone could either verify this or set us straight we'd appreciate it.
We think "EC" refers to East Central London- kind of like an early postal code. We also think the "Within" and "Without" refers to the street's location in respect to the 1 square mile (give or take) City of London - part of the street is within that area, and part of it isn't. I believe the good ol' Romans walled that area off centuries ago.
Are we on the right track or anywhere close? Sometimes finding out something simple like this is like pulling teeth. I'm sure it's extremely well known to anyone familiar with the area, but to us sitting here in Valdese, NC, it can be confusing. If anyone could help us with this we'd appreciate it.
Oh, and this CDV is for sale if you're interested - just click on the title to go to the listing