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Portsmouth in Hampshire County, England, United Kingdom
 

Mudlarks

 
 
Mudlarks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 31, 2018
1. Mudlarks Marker
Inscription.
‘Ere, Guv, put a penny in the mud,
A penny or two won’t break yer.
We’ll take all your rusty silver,
And I’ll cover my face for a tanner.

The nearby statue commemorates the generations of Portsea children who enjoyed mudlarking here – entertaining travellers by retrieving coins they threw into the mud below the bridge to the harbour station and Gosport ferry. Boys and girls would scramble to find the money tossed down, sometimes diving into the mud, performing handstands or dipping their heads in it. Many Portsea families lived in poverty, so the small change was welcomed. Usually, what the children did not spend on sweets or pie and chips was given to mum to help out the family finances.

Most parents disapproved of their children’s activities, while the police regarded mudlarking as begging and tried to stop it. Mudlarking supplemented other ways of earning a few shillings, such as carrying passengers’ bags or finding drivers’ parking spaces. The building of the new bus terminal in 1976-7 put an end to mudlarking.
 
Location. 50° 47.908′ N, 1° 6.435′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, England, in Hampshire County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of England Route B2154 and Park Road, on the left
Mudlarks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 31, 2018
2. Mudlarks Marker
The mud in Portsmouth Harbour at low tide. HMS Warrior is at the right.
. Touch for map. Located on The Hard next to Gunwharf Quays mall. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth, England PO1 3PU, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Hard (here, next to this marker); The Ship Anson (within shouting distance of this marker); Hertha Ayrton (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain Robert Falcon Scott (within shouting distance of this marker); The Jutland Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); Beware of the Wolf (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Figurehead (about 90 meters away); The First Black Battleship (about 90 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Mudlarks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 31, 2018
3. Mudlarks Marker
The mud in Portsmouth Harbour at low tide. The Spinnaker Tower is in the background.
Mudlarks Statue image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 31, 2018
4. Mudlarks Statue
The Mudlarks Statue on The Hard, a few steps from the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 16, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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