Today's walk was entitled - Very Old Holborn - Buildings from Before the Fire (1666).
We then walked through
Of course the Old Curiosity Shop was immortalised by Charles Dickens in his novel of the same name. However, the original Old Curiosity Shop on which the book is based was actually nearer to
Next we move onto
We then walked along
The original meaning of Staple means 'a pile of goods for sale' or in this case a pile of wool for sale.
Staple Inn = a house of wool and in fact it was the Wool Customs House.
There is an inscription in the alleyway to the side of the
Staple Inn in 1886
When it mentioned "front restored 1886" what it actually refers to is the removal of the unsightly plasterboards that had been put on the frontage to cover the beautiful black and white half timbered structure. The Victorians were ashamed of having medieval buildings still in use in
Beneath the overhanging frontage, the shops at street level have the feel of the 19th century. Through an arched entrance is a courtyard, with some 18th century buildings. Staple Inn's courtyard has long been known as a secluded haven away from the noise and congestion of the capital. The 19th century American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote, 'there was not a quieter spot in
Staple Inns buildings were used as an illustration on tins and pouches of 'Old Holborn'
tobacco. It now holds the offices of The Institute of Actuaries.
Well that was the end of this weeks walk. I hope you have enjoyed reading it!