Cries of London
Byers' Choice The Cries of London Carolers
The 2014 Cries of London is selling traditional Christmas wreaths adorned with bows, ribbons and berries. She is accompanied by two children picking out Christmas greens for their home.
The Cries of London series of Carolers draw their inspiration from the various peddlers and street merchants of Victorian London, often referred to as “Criers” or “Cries.” Throughout the Victorian Era, criers were not at all an uncommon sight on the streets of London. Every day members of the lower classes would walk the streets selling their wares to passersby, which changed with the season. It was often said that anything that could be carried had been, at one point or another, peddled by a crier of London. Each crier had their own cry, touting whatever they were selling on a particular day. Up and down the street, cry mixed with cry -“Black and white heart cherries, two pence a pound!” “Old chairs to mend, old chairs to mend!” -until one could hardly tell one from the other for the clamor the sellers put on.