The Berners Street Hoax

Widely attributed to Theodore Hook, an English composer famous for his practical jokes, the Berners Street Hoax created a memorable ruckus in the streets of England.

One morning in 1810, deliverymen began arriving at the door of Mrs. Tottenham, bearing items she had not ordered. Merchants, tradesmen, and even the mayor had been summoned to the house. As the day continued, a large crowd grew outside of Mrs. Tottenham’s house, causing police officers to arrive and the street to be blocked off.

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Information sources:

“The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens’ London” by Judith Flanders

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By Alfred Concanen [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons