Monthly Archives: February 2019

French House pub, Dean Street

Above: French House standing on the east side of Dean Street. The Grade II listed pub was originally called the ‘York Minster’. It was opened by a German national named Christian Schmitt in 1891. Schmitt died in 1911 and his … Continue reading

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Carnaby Street

Above: Looking south from near the north end of Carnaby Street. These days it is not as busy as it was in the 1960s. Carnaby Street is now a pedestrianised shopping street in Soho. Being close to Oxford Street, Oxford … Continue reading

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Baird in Frith Street

Above: A Blue Plaque on the east side of Frith Street. Soho is well-known for many things but one of the most remarkable is the first public demonstration of television by the inventor John Logie Baird. To say that Baird … Continue reading

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Soho Square Pigeons (Public Art)

Above: Public art called ‘Soho Flock’ mounted on a lamp-post in Soho Square. One of the fascinating things about London is the vast array of unusual things to be seen. There are so many things to look at that you … Continue reading

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Blue Posts pub, Rupert Street

Above: Looking across Rupert Street at the elegant facade of the pub. Recorded mention of the Blue Posts pub in Rupert Street goes back to at least 1809 [Lillywhite n3729 p65]. The building was, in fact, established in 1739 [Survey … Continue reading

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St Anne, Soho

Above: View looking east across the churchyard at the remaining 19th century spire and the 20th-century redevelopment. Until 1678, the land that we know as Soho today was part of the large parish of St Martin in the Fields. A … Continue reading

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Soho – Quick Look Around

Above: View looking west in Old Compton Street in the late afternoon. Defining the Area’s Boundary The area known as Soho has no defined boundaries because, unlike the City of London or the Parish of Fulham, it has no official … Continue reading

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Piccadilly as a Name

Above: One of the many paintings that show what a ‘piccadil’ looked like. Piccadilly is used today for the name of a street running west from Piccadilly Circus. It was the street name that came first. Until the 16th century, … Continue reading

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Westminster Growth Map

Above: Map of Westminster shaded to show the approximate times at which the land was first laid out with streets and squares. The history of many of England’s ancient cities (like Canterbury, Lincoln and also the City of London) is … Continue reading

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Piccadilly Overview

Above: The area of study called (by the author) Piccadilly. As well as two large parks, the land covered by streets is called Soho, Mayfair and Knightsbridge. There are few people who do not know the name in London of … Continue reading

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