Lodgings'n Such

You won't travel far without scran (food). Perhaps thou will rest for a tiffin (lunch or snack). You will also need to find a decent place to spend the night. Or perhaps you arwsimply looking for things to see and do whilst in town.

Belly Timber: food

Cat-lap: tea

Tommy: food

Tightener:  a meal.  "To do a Tightener," to take a Meal. 

Viands: food, probably choice dishes.

Tail tea: the afternoon tea following royal drawing-rooms, at which ladies who had been to court that afternoon, appeared in their trains hence tail teas.


Alderman: half-crown

Balsam: rag, rhino, money

Bandy: a tanner, a sixpence

Bit: money

Bob-stick: a hog, a shilling

Brads: money

Browns: copper coin

Bull: five shillings

Button: a bad shilling

Chibbit: a small wafer of gold

Chink: money

Coach wheel: a crown piece

Cob: a dollar

Coppers: halfpence

Coriander seed: money

Couter: pound

Crap: money

Dab: one-pound shilling

Deaner: a shilling

Deuce Hog (Duce Hog): 2 shillings 

Deuce: twopence

Deux wins: two pence

Device: tuppence

Dews: a crown piece

Dimmick: a base coin, counterfeit

Downer: sixpence

Duce: tuppence

Dust: money

Fadge: a farthing

Fiddler: a sixpence

Finny: five pound note

Fiver: £5

Flag: groat, fourpence 

Flash notes: paper that looks, at a glance, like bank-notes

Flatch: Ha'penny

Footing: money paid by a prostitute when going among her companions, also money paid on entering into any trade or calling amongst mechanics

Fushme: five shillings

Gen: shilling

Grey, Gray: a coin with two identical faces

Groat: a flag, four-pence

Grunter: a bob, shilling

Guinea: old unit of money equal to one pound and one shilling

Joey: fourpence piece

Kennuck: Penny

Long-Tailed: banknote worth more than 5 pounds

Mag: Ha'pence

Push: Money

Ray: one and six-pence

Soft: paper money

Sprat: sixpence

Stephen: money

Tanner: sixpence

Teaser: sixpence

Tenner: £10

Teviss:  shilling 

Thick 'Un: a sovereign

Thicker: a sovereign or a pound

Thums: three pence

Tinker: sixpence

Tizzy: sixpence

Tonic: a halfpenny 

Trooper: half a crown

Twelver: a hilling

Uxter: money

Win: a penny

Yannups: money

Yennap:  a Penny


Alderman in chains: turkey and sausages

Bags o’ mystery: sausages.

Bangers: sausage

Barnbrack (barmbrack): a spice cake-like bread usually made with currants

Beeswax: cheese

Bow wow broth: broth made of stinking meat

Bow wow mutto: cag mag, dog's flesh, bad ill-looking meat

Buster/burster: a loaf of bread

Cag mag: stinking or bad meat 

Cass: cheese

Chips: French fries

Darbies: sausages, fetters

Donovans: potatoes

Door-knocker: a mid-19th century style of beard

Field lane duck: a baked sheep's head

Saddle: loaf 

Sawney: bacon

Shiver and shake: cake

Suet pudding: a pudding made with animal fat

Thames butter: very bad butter

Tib of the buttery: goose

Toke: dry bread

Tuppeny: head from loaf of bread

Wad: Cake


Adam's ale: our first father's drink, water, 'best with brandy'

Belch: malt liquor

Bene bowse: good beer

Bingo: spirituous liquors

Black strap: port wine

Blue ruin: gin 

Booze: drink

Brew: tea

Brown gater droppings: heavy wet, heavy brown, beer

Bub: rum, good liquor

Chota peg: small drink, a gin and tonic

Cogue: a glass of gin

Cooler: a glass of porter

Crank: gin and water

Droppings: heavy wet, beer

English Burgundy: strong beer

Gatter: beer

Lush: an alcoholic drink

Oh-be-joyful: liquor, beer, intoxicating spirits

Reeb: beer

Sober-water: a jocular allusion to the uses of soda-water

Something short: a glass of liquor

South sea mountain: gin

Stark naked: gin

Strike me dead: small beer

Sucked: devilish drunk

Swankey swipes: table beer

Swig: liquor of any kind

Tape: gin

Tears of the tankard: drops of liquor

Tiddle-a-wink: a drink

White port: gin

White satin: gin

White tape: gin

Who-hit-John: liquor, beer, intoxicating spirits

Yard of tape: a glass of gin

Yaruin: food made of milk 


Abode: 1) Lived  2) A place where people live

Academy: a brothel, bagnio

Acre: A piece of land equal to 4,840 square yards (4,047 square metres)

Apples (& pears): stairs

Area: the below-ground servant's entrance in the front of many London town-houses

Abatis: barricades made of treetops with the branches sharpened and set with the branches facing outside.

Autem cackel tub: a meeting-house for dissenters, a pulpit

Autem quaver's tub: a quaker's meeting house

Autem: a church, meeting- house

Back slums: low unfrequented parts in the metropolis 

Beyond the pale: the area around Dublin, Ireland under English control

Black houses: prisons

Black Indies: Newcastle

Blighty: Britain

Block houses: prisons 

Bone orchard: cemetery

Boarding school: a house of correction, or prison

Booth: 1)a place for harbouring thieves 2)some sort of temporary shelter

Boozer: Public house

Boozing ken: a lush crib, a sluicery, ale-house

Bordell: a bawdyken, house of ill fame

Bucket and pail: Jail

Burg: town

C of E - The Church of England, official protestant church - of which the Queen is the head.

Cabinet particulier: a private room, usually associated with a restaurant and having a sofa or hidden bed, set aside for trysts by lovers and those having extra-marital affairs

Calaboose: jail

Cat's meat shop: an eating house

Cesspool: A hole or pit in the ground for receiving drainage or sewage from houses.

Chaffing crib: a drinking room where bantering is carried on

Chapel, the: Whitechapel

Chates: the gallows

Coopered Ken: a bad place for a stick up

Corinth: a brothel

Covert: used as a noun, means a hiding place "I then came out of my covert and went on..."Cozy corner: an arrangement of built-in seats situated in a room’s corner or next to a fireplace

Crib: a building, house, or lodging

Crimping Shop: a waterfront lodging house for kidnapped seamen

Crystal Palace: The Crystal Palace was a huge building of iron and glass built in Hyde Park, London, for the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Dancers: stairs

Dollyshop: a low, unlicensed loan shop or pawn shop

Doxology works: a church

Dorse: a place of rest

Doss house: a cheap lodging house. Also see on the doss.

Doss: A resting place, a bed; doss-ken, a tramp's lodging house …

Dozing crib: a sleeping room

Drum: building, house, or lodging

Flash house: a public house patronized by criminals

Earth Bath: A grave.

Establishment: A shop or other place of business.

Eternity Box: A coffin.

Fem: a hole

Fencing ken: a house where stolen goods are deposited

Gaol: jail

Gattering: a public house

Gospel mill:a church

Huey/Hughey: a town or village

Ken: house, lodging, or public house

Lump Hotel: work house

Lushery: a place where a lush may be had. Low public house or drinking den

Lushing Ken: a place where a lush may be had. Low public house or drinking den

Monkery: the country

Nesiote: Island-dwelling

Nethers:lodging charges, rent

Netherskens: low lodging house, flophouse

Pack: a night's lodging for the very poor

Paddingken: a tramp's lodging house

Salt Box: condemned cell

Servant's Lurk:a lodging or public house used by shady or dismissed servants

Slap-bang job:a night cellar (pub) frequented by thieves and where no credit is given

Snoozing ken: a sleeping room

Snuggery: a comfortable, cozy, snug room or place


Stir: prison

Stone pitcher: Newgate

Tinker's workshop

Toffken:a house containing well-to-do occupants


Trib: a prison

Tuck up fair: Newgate at a hanging time

Turnpike: A road that people paid a toll to travel on; the money collected was used to keep the road in good condition.

Voil: townWhimpshire: Yorkshire

Whistling shop: a public house in a prison

Zenana: in India, the apartment set aside for women in the household