‘A Jekyll in the classroom, a Hyde in the street’: Queen Victoria’s hooligans

Geoffrey Pearson

in Securing respect

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420947
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303336 | DOI:
‘A Jekyll in the classroom, a Hyde in the street’: Queen Victoria’s hooligans

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This chapter discusses respect and behaviour within the perspective of the streets of London. It traces Old England and Victorian values from narratives and accounts that illustrate the streets and street life of the Victorian and Edwardian society where the once innocent street games of children and young people evolved into rowdyism and lawlessness. The chapter also examines the rise of hooliganism and hooligan gangs that spread violence and unrest in the streets of London. The rise of hooliganism in England paved the way for street fights, territorial supremacy and hostility against authorities. All of these were indicative of dwindling Victorian values of London, urban degeneration, a rise of poverty and inequality and a laxity of law and enforcement. The chapter also discusses the emergence of organized sports to counter youthful hostility and hooliganism. These organized sports and recreational activities were aimed to develop young people physically and morally through the rules of game and the discipline that comes with such competitive games.

Keywords: respect and behaviour; streets; Old England; Victorian values; street life; street games; rowdyism; lawlessness; hooliganism

Chapter.  12354 words. 

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