I thought I’d do a (very) little digging on Marie Lloyd who had a bar (formally Samuel Pepys) named after her when the Hackney Empire expanded. She was a music hall performer born in Hoxton as Matilda Alice Victoria Wood (12 February 1870 – 7 October 1922) and was known for being racy and inappropriate.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iAVTJFHwZYThere was also a 2007 dramatisation with Jessie Wallace (that Kat Slater from ‘Enders) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0944839/More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Lloyd and here: http://www.amaranthdesign.ca/musichall/past/lloyd.htm”
There are fleeting referenced to Lloyd in Ian Sinclair’s Red Rose Empire, She lived on Graham Road, for instance (someone should fact check this against my memory). She seems an utterly fascinating character.(p.s. Is there a thread on Hackney books? I’d like to read more about the area – would welcome any suggestions)
@quitepeculiar is reading Rose Red Empire at the moment, she might be able to verify.@patricksmithjournalist head over to Hackney in Words Print and pages group or more specifically this thread for some ideas.”
A blue plaque on Graham Road From sarflondondunc on Flickr”
Just echoing what I said earlier. Marie Lloyd is a treasure. I’m very sad to hear the Empire is losing her name. There must be some recourse. An east end woman who epitomised music hall – what better name could they have used?
I’d pass that Marie Lloyd blue plaque on Graham Road each time I took the 38 to work or anywhere else.Excellent tune on YouTube! Really catchy. Amazing what YouTube manages to have in its stash.And yes, after reading Hackney That Rose Red Empire, I can confirm that Sinclair does give a brief, brief mention to Lloyd.
Has anyone seen the BBC4 drama? I would really like to see it, might get it on DVD if available.
@traxcitement – it looks like it has had a DVD release but does gets repeated from time to time on BBC Four – this page will tell you when. (I might see if I can track down a copy at work too)”
Thanks @martin I have ordered a copy from Amazon, the reviews are pretty good too! Here is my photo of the plaque on The Eagle pub Shepherdess Walk N1 with reference to the music hall where Marie Lloyd made here debut as a 15 year old.
photo by Traxcitement
I can recommend the DVD and Jessie Wallace does a good job playing Marie Lloyd. There is some great real life footage at the end of the film showing Marie Lloyd’s funeral where thousands turned out!
Miss Marie Lloyd: Queen of the Music Hall is being shown again on BBC4 this Wednesday 10pm.Details here…http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007qcxg“
Following the Marie Llloyd Drama on BBC4 tonight is a programme about Music Halls, at the beginning of the programme the Eagle Tavern is spotlighted and later Marie Lloyd (1h13m) and The Hackney Empire (1h19m) are featured.The programme is also available on BBC iPlayer here…http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b016fn23/The_Story_of_Music_Hall_with_Michael_Grade/“
@traxcitement cool, thanks for sharing the info 🙂
forgot to say i watched it this time and really enjoyed it. well done to jessie wallace for not glamming up too. a sad story in the end but it sounds like marie had a good time while it lasted
Marie, please don’t call her ‘Lloyd’, was and still is a source of pride for many older Eastenders. She took the criticsisms made by the establishment and threw them right back at them. Once she jokingly announced that the next song that she was to sing was called \She sit’s among the cabbages and peas” She was told that this was in appropriate. That evening she said that her next number was entitled ” She sit’s among the cabbages and Leeks”I believe that at one time she lived in Powerscroft Road.”