Explore the fascinating world of the Victorian judges at this award-winning historic house.

Pedlar Doll

Pedlar Doll

English pedlar dolls were faithful replicas of street traders (hawkers) who were a common site in London and other large cities. Their clothes accurately represented that of the working-classes at the time, whilst their barrows or baskets were filled with tiny copies of goods for sale, such as vegetables or household utensils. This barrow woman dates from around 1815. The goods have long-since gone from her cart. Made of plaster and wood, it was designed to be pulled along by a cord.

In the classroom:

What is this woman doing? Was she rich or poor? What do you think was in her barrow? Perhaps you could make some little vegetables and fruit out of modelling clay that would fit in it.


Strange But True

  • list arrowTo stink or not to stink

    It takes 25 trips up and down our 41 stairs to bring the water from the basement water pump to fill the Judge's Bath (we know, we've tried it). Let's hope the judges liked to be stinky - poor maid!


Historical Handy Hints