Monthly Archive: April 2017

Apr 30

Old and New London: Volume 1 – Fleet Street

Alas, for the changes of time! The Fleet, that little, quick-flowing stream, once so bright and clear, is now a sewer! but its name remains immortalised by the street called after it. Although, according to a modern antiquary, a Roman amphitheatre once stood on the site of the Fleet Prison, and Roman citizens were certainly …

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Apr 30

Jack Straw’s Castle

The following appeared in the 1912 volume: “Hampstead, its historic houses, its literary and artistic associations” by Anna Maxwell Beyond the flagstaff and on the same side of the pond stands the “Castle” Hotel where the Court Leet met. Concerning the full title of this inn, it is extremely doubtful whether Wat Tyler’s chief captain ever …

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Apr 14

The alleyways and courtyards of London: Y

Yorkshire Grey Yard WC1 Yorkshire Grey Yard is not quite the picture we would expect to find if purely relying on the illusion conjured up by its haughty sounding name. This dejected cul-de-sac which once sported one of the most fashionable taverns in town is now private and just a little grubby. The Yorkshire Grey …

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Apr 13

1766: Hyde Park

A PLAN of HYDE-PARK with the CITY and LIBERTIES of WESTMINSTER &c. Shewing the several IMPROVEMENTS propos’d by architect John Gwynn (1766). This plan shows renovations in Hyde Park and around Westminster. Two Royal palaces have been planned, in Hyde Park and Green Park. The red lines show an intention to regularise the street plan, replacing …

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Apr 13

The alleyways and courtyards of London: W

Warner Yard EC1 UG: Farringdon Bus: 55 63 243 259 As for Bath Court. Warner Yard is almost opposite Bath Court on the south side of Warner Street. Just below the Rosebery Avenue flyover is the dismal yard that once belonged to Robert Warner. In the early 18th century this plot of land formed part …

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Apr 12

The alleyways and courtyards of London: V

Vandon Passage SW1 UG: St James’s Park Bus: 11 24 211 507 Turn left out of St James’s Park Station and walk west along Petty France. Cross Palmer Street. Vandon Passage is about 75 yds on the left. It was on the site adjacent to this Passage that Cornelius Van Dun, a Dutchman and Yeoman …

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Apr 11

The alleyways and courtyards of London: U

Union Court EC2 Leaving the station via the Liverpool Street exit turn into Liverpool Street. Cross the road and turn left into Old Broad Street. Pass, on the right, Broad Street Avenue and New Broad Street. At the cross roads with London Wall & Wormwood Street continue straight ahead. Union Court is on the left …

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Apr 10

The alleyways and courtyards of London: T

Talbot Court EC3 UG: Monument Bus: 15 21 25 40 43 100 133 501 From Monument Station cross to the north side of Eastcheap and walk north up Gracechurch Street. Talbot Court is about 35 yds on the right. It is many years since a ‘talbot’ was sighted stalking the bounds of Gracechurch Street. No …

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Apr 09

The alleyways and courtyards of London: S

St Anne’s Court W1 UG: Tottenham Court Road Bus: 7 8 10 25 55 73 98 176 From Tottenham Court Road Station walk west along the south side of Oxford Street. Cross Soho Street. In about 90 yds turn left into Dean Street. Cross Fareham Street, Diadem Court (both on the right). Cross Carlisle Street. …

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Apr 08

The alleyways and courtyards of London: R

Red Lion Yard W1 UG: Hyde Park Corner Bus: 2 10 16 36 73 74 82 137 From Hyde Park Corner Station take the underpass to the east side of Park Lane. Walk north along Park Lane and turn into Curzon Street, cross Chestfield Gardens and turn left into Chesterfield Street. At the end turn …

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