News of the Time: Lads attend the Epsom Derby Day

… half a dozen of them thought it would be a good thing … to attend Epsom races on the Derby Day … the more glorious way [being] to go by road, as the swells go … These boys thought to emulate [them] … They helped themselves to a bakers horse and light cart, and, all in the gray of the morning, drove the whole way in the greatest glory to the race-course. Arrived there they sold the horse and cart to a Gipsy for three pounds, and spent the day in watching the races, in betting on the events, and feasting …

O’Neill, Gilda. The Good Old Days: Poverty, Crime and Terror in Victorian London (p. 45). Endeavour Press. Kindle Edition.