Tuesday, 14 April 2015

An A - Z of Victorian Crime and Culture - F is for...

F is for - Fancy - the brethren of the boxing ring. These were the big money men and gamblers who followed the prize fighters and won or lost huge fortunes on their pugilistic skills. 'The Fancy' feature heavily in my first novel 'Jack Ketch's Puppets'.

F is for - Flash House - a public house frequented by the criminal fraternity. Guess they have never gone away. There were a great many such pubs I frequented as a copper, seeking information or suspects. 

F is for - Flimp - snatching from people's pockets in crowds. Quite interesting that in the modern era, flimping is the term used for Taxi drivers who take their trade from under the noses of the Hackney Carriages or pre-booked pick-ups. The prices can seem like daylight robbery. Perhaps there is a similarity?

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