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The ‘scuttlers’ of nineteenth century Manchester

Like our 'larrikins', but with a more honest name. Author of a just released book on the gangs of nineteenth century Manchester and London says he was fascinated by the "unchanging role of dress and personal appearance as a sign of belonging to a gang". An example is the 'donkey fringe' hairstyle, "which required close cropping at the back but an angled fringe at the front, with the hair longer on the right".