Page 205. " The aristocracy or leading men of this particular branch of the profession were the guardsmen "

The term guardsmen refers to the regiments of the British Army concerned with the personal safety of the Sovereign and the royal residences.

The mounted divisions who currently act as the Queen's bodyguard are known as the Household Cavalry, which consists of two regiments: the Life Guards and The Blues and Royals (the amalgamation of the Royal Horse Guards and The Royal Dragoons).

There are also currently five regiments who guard Buckingham Palace and St. James's Palace; these are known as Foot Guards: The Grenadier Guards, The Coldstream Guards, The Scots Guards, The Irish Guards and The Welsh Guards. 

During the period of Tipping the Velvet, the Irish Guards and the Welsh Guards did not yet exist.

Page 207. " a fellow with whom we'd shared a bill at the Paragon "

The Paragon Theatre of Varieties was situated on the Mile End Road, in the Stepney area of London.

It opened in 1885 on the site of Lusby's Music Hall, which had been destroyed by fire. It became a cinema known as the Mile End Empire in 1912. 

In the 1930s, a new cinema was built on the site; it is still in existence today, operating under the name of Genesis.


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Page 207. " a wardrobe-mistress from the Bedford, Camden Town "

Walter Sickert
Public DomainWalter Sickert - Credit: George Charles Beresford
 The Bedford Music Hall, which opened in 1861, was situated at 123-133 Camden High Street in London's Camden Town.

It was demolished in 1898 and a new theatre, The Bedford Palace of Varieties, was built on the site; this eventually closed down in 1959.

Both the old and the new theatres featured in paintings by the artist Walter Sickert, a member of the Camden Town Group.

Follow this link to read more about the Bedford.

Follow this link to see a Sickert painting of the Old Bedford.

Page 211. " the streets around King's Cross "

King's Cross Station in 1852
Public DomainKing's Cross Station in 1852 - Credit: Honbicot
 King's Cross is an area of London situated partly in the Borough of Camden and partly in the Borough of Islington.

Traditionally viewed as a somewhat seedy red-light district, the reputation of the area is now picking up in the wake of recent regeneration projects.

The area is the location of the major London rail terminus known as King's Cross Railway Station, opened in 1852.

Page 211. " Green Street, which turned out to be wonderfully near - a narrow little street off the Gray's Inn Road itself "

Gray's Inn Road extends from High Holborn to King's Cross.

Although there is no Green Street off Gray's Inn Road at the present time, there is a Green Yard.


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Page 211. " that gaudy painting The Light of the World "
'The Light of the World' by Holman Hunt
Public Domain'The Light of the World' by Holman Hunt - Credit: William Holman Hunt

 The Light of the World (1850s) is a very well-known painting by the Pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt.

It depicts Jesus knocking on a disused door with no handle, which Hunt said was symbolic of 'the obstinately shut mind'. 

The painting was the inspiration for an oratorio by Arthur Sullivan, written in 1873.

Page 212. " a theosophist or a Hindoo convert "

Theosophical Society emblem
Public DomainTheosophical Society emblem - Credit: unknown
Theosophy is a belief system which incorporates elements of Buddhism, Hinduism and Brahmanism, including belief in reincarnation and spiritual evolution.

The Theosophical Society was founded in New York in 1875, and still has branches in many countries, including Britain.

Hindoo is an old-fashioned spelling of Hindu.

Page 219. " The player of the instrument - it was, I now saw, a mandolin "
A mandolin
GNU Free Documentation LicenseA mandolin - Credit: Arent, Wikimedia Commons

The mandolin is a stringed musical instrument belonging to the lute family; it may be played by either strumming or plucking.


Page 222. " Hyde Park, I thought, then on perhaps to Kensington Gardens "

Hyde Park, one of the Royal Parks, is a large park in central London.

It is famous for its lake, known as the Serpentine, and for its area of public debate and discussion known as Speakers' Corner.


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Kensington Gardens lies to the West of Hyde Park.

It was formerly the private land belonging to Kensington Palace, and is one the Royal Parks. 

Page 225. " I have a visit to make at Old Street "


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Page 225. " I am to help with the running of a hostel, at Stratford "
Olympic Games-related building at Stratford
Creative Commons AttributionOlympic Games-related building at Stratford - Credit: damo 1977, Flickr

Stratford is an area of northeast London, situated in the Borough of Newham.

Having long been a poor area, it underwent significant development and regeneration in preparation for the London Summer Olympic Games in 2012.


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