S4E52 – The Queen Rat with Tom Mayhew

The Queen Rat

The Loremen are joined by Tom Mayhew (from Radio 4’s Tom Mayhew Is Benefit Scum) for one of our stinkiest, sexiest episodes to date.

Following in the footsteps of Victorian journo Henry Mayhew (no relation), the boys meet the Battersea rat-charmer Jack Black: mole destroyer by royal appointment. We gawp at the Original Happy Family™, we follow “toshers” into the sewers of Bermondsey and we wince at young man’s hairy encounter with…

The Queen Rat!

Deputy Loreperson Tom Mayhew can be found at the 2023 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, performing his new show This Time Next Year, We’ll Be Millionaires!

Content Warning: Alasdair “sings”.


The Loremen are Alasdair Beckett-King & James Shakeshaft with Deputy Loreperson Tom Mayhew.

Featured image London Labour and the London Poor, Henry Mayhew, 1861.

Music from La Lettre De Manon Valse played by Megone’s Orchestra, 1905.




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