Monthly Archives: March 2018

Borough High Street Pilgrims

Above: The Georgian buildings of St Christopher’s Inn, Borough High Street, seen at night, along with its yard which is now used to provide extra space for drinkers at the pub. The mention of ‘Southwark’ and ‘pilgrims’ to anyone who … Continue reading

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Tabard Inn, Borough High Street – The Pilgrims

Above: Looking across Borough High Street at dusk. The old yard of the ancient inn extends back from the roadway, just as it did when Geoffrey Chaucer knew it. As Easter approaches we turn our thoughts to the days of … Continue reading

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Regent’s Canal at Shoreditch

Above: Narrow-boat leaving Acton’s Lock and travelling towards Limehouse on the Regent’s Canal. The Regent’s Canal – as its name implies – was constructed at the time of the Prince Regent. First proposed in 1802, as a link from the … Continue reading

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Unicorn Pub, Hoxton High Street

Above: An ordinary pub in Hoxton High Street with an unusual name. London is rapidly losing its pubs. They say that pubs are closing at an average rate of three every week. This is matched by the rest of Britain … Continue reading

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Shoreditch Town Hall

Above: The imposing Town Hall, standing beside Old Street. Before Metropolitan London came into effect in 1900, the parishes of London were run by Vestry Committees – acting rather like the Parish Councils which still run rural communities to this … Continue reading

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Village Underground

Above: Two of the four old underground carriages mounted on the original disused viaduct high above Great Eastern Street. You might think that the heading is some dark reference to some illegal or subversive organisation when nothing could be further … Continue reading

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St Leonard, Shoreditch

Above: The impressive west front of the church, facing onto Shoreditch High Street. The first recorded mention of the parish church was in 1160. Whoever decided on its site certainly chose a commanding position – at the intersection of what … Continue reading

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Geffrye Almshouses

Above: The long terrace of the original almshouses, facing onto  Kingsland Road. When Metropolitan London was formed in 1900, it brought together many communities and called the whole administration London. A number of the communities had existed as villages for … Continue reading

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Curtain Road

Above: Looking north in Curtain Road. Old Street is seen running across the end of the view. Let’s make one thing clear from the very beginning. Although the very first purpose-built theatre was erected beside a thoroughfare which has become … Continue reading

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Eagle Tavern, City Road

Above: The Eagle pub in City Road. The Eagle Tavern, whose address is 2 Shepherdess Walk, N1, stands at the junction of Shepherdess Walk and City Road. City Road, by the way, was cut through as part of the ’New … Continue reading

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