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Gadgets let us know startling tales. a few remember catastrophes-a jewelled lizard pendant retrieved from a wrecked armada send of 1588, or the handkerchief waved by means of a clergyman in Derry in 1972 to transparent a route to defense for a wounded 17-year previous boy. Others motivate ask yourself- the gold lunula that shone at the breast of an historic king, or the trophy that Irish goldminers in Australia had made for a nationalist hero. From the straightforward fish capture of the earliest population of the island to the 1st industrially produced microprocessor, they take us during the background of individuals in eire. in addition they supply a glimpse into the lives and minds of long-dead members. all of the a hundred gadgets chosen is given a old context, a cultural power, a political depth. What makes each pulse with lifestyles is the assumption of the folks who touched and have been touched via it.

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But only 300 of London's 16,ooo merchants and tradesmen listed in even this marked a considerable penetration of the country by the town. The 'urban' out-parishes (a recognized part of the metropolis) in the 176os already accounted for nearly half the county's voters; and even the mainly rural parishes of Brentford, Chiswick, Edmonton, Highgate, Isle­ worth and Tottenham were already well on the way to being fully 'colon­ ized' by Londoners and to being incorporated within their city. 3 Thus, by varied and devious means, the metropolis of London had considerably extended its boundaries since Defoe's account of almost eighty years before.

So the foundations were laid, after much delay, argument and tribulation, for the modern Port of London. 1 The shipping and the trade of the port of London naturally brought subsidiary and associated services in their train. In the first place, there were the shipbuilders, coopers, wharfingers, lightermen, warehousemen, sugar-refiners and importers, who established themselves in the riverside parishes and of whom mention has already been made. There was also a rising army of factors and brokers, some of whom, at least, soon began to operate from the City.

In Defoe's day,. tay. But inevitably, and not only because of the poor state of the roads, the greater volume of goods arrived by sea and river : Defoe instances fish, butter, cheese and corn from Suffolk; cheese from Cheshire, Gloucester and Warwick; meal from Chichester; coals from Newcastle; faggots and bavins from Shooter's Hill; and cherries, oysters and apples from Kent; though he regrets, in particular, that herrings, mackerel, whiting and sprats from the East Anglian coast have to travel by sea rather than by road.

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