March 2017 archive

Mar 31

The alleyways and courtyards of London: K

Kemp’s Court W1 UG: Tottenham Court Road Bus: 7 8 10 25 55 73 98 176 From Tottenham Court Road walk west along the south side of Oxford Street, crossing Soho Street, Dean Street, Gt Chapel Street, Wardour Street and then turn left into Berwick Street. Cross Noel Street, D’arblay Street, Livonia Street, Broadwick Street. …

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Mar 30

The alleyways and courtyards of London: J

Jason Court W1 UG: Bond Street Bus: Any to Bond Street station From Bond Street Station cross onto the north side of Oxford Street and turn into James Street. Cross Barratt Street and continue to Wigmore Street. Here turn right and Jason Court is just on the left. Compared with St Christopher’s Place on the …

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Mar 29

The alleyways and courtyards of London: I

Ireland Yard EC4 When the Black Friars monastery was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1538, most of the buildings were left to decay, whilst some of those occupying the outer fringes of the grounds were given to people who happened to be in the King’s favour at the time. One such beneficiary was Sir Thomas …

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Mar 28

The alleyways and courtyards of London: H

Halfmoon Court EC1 This little patch squeezed between Aldersgate Street and St Bartholomew’s church is a real treasure of intrigue. Halfmoon Court is the southern most of five passages leading eastward from Kinghorn Street. Its route used to continue round a curious dog-leg bend before emerging through a narrow covered passage into Aldersgate Street, but …

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Mar 27

1762: Hampstead Town

This image illustrates Hampstead in the year 1762, showing notable buildings, inns and public houses. Source: T F T Baker, Diane K Bolton and Patricia E C Croot, ‘Hampstead: Hampstead Town’, in A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 9, Hampstead, Paddington, ed. C R Elrington (London, 1989), pp. 15-33. British History Online

Mar 26

The alleyways and courtyards of London: G

Garrick Yard WC2 Garrick Yard, together with the more familiar Garrick Street to the northeast of here, both took their names from the Garrick Club which, of course, commemorates the famous 18th century actor, David Garrick. As a young man of 18 years of age, David Garrick left his native town of Lichfield on the …

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Mar 25

The alleyways and courtyards of London: F

Falcon Court EC4 If you had lived in the 16th century and been making a visit to the Temple Church then your access would probably have been through Mr Davis’s tailors shop, here in the Court. In those days all churches, their graveyards and cemeteries were places of sanctuary where law breakers could deposit themselves …

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Mar 24

The alleyways and courtyards of London: E

Eagle Court EC1 Situated within a stone’s throw of the Grand Priory Church of Order of St John, this forlorn Court lies in a near state of dejection, abandoned by the Order which many years ago raised it to the status of recognition. This site was once occupied by the house of one of the …

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Mar 23

The alleyways and courtyards of London: D

Dean’s Court EC4 Of the numerous thousands of visitors to St Paul’s Cathedral each year, how many do we suppose take a few steps across St Paul’s Churchyard and venture into the ancient lanes to the south which have remained unchanged since the Cathedral was built? I suspect not more than a handful. In reality, …

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Mar 22

The alleyways and courtyards of London: C

Capel Court EC2 Capel Court has little to offer unless, of course, you happen to be involved in the lucrative profession of stockbroking. This short walkway, leading up to the entrance of the Stock Exchange is lined with modern offices; quite a different scene from that viewed by Sir William Capel as he looked out …

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