It was a glorious sunny and warm day today, unlike the cold and wet of earlier this week, just right for a nice stroll around Holborn. As usual we met at the Ranger's Hut outside Holborn Tube Station and our guide was Aly.
Our first stop was Southampton Row - this is named for the Earl of Southampton, who at the time of Charles I was a Parliamentarian but during the Civil War changed sides and eventually became a Royalist - so once the monarchy was restored, he was given the honour of having a main thoroughfare named after him.
We then proceeded to
We then continued on to
On the site of
We then stopped briefly at
We then walked past
Now we come to a wonderful name - Lamb's
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894)
Down through Lamb's Conduit Passage (with a couple of very nice pubs, The
Finally then on to High Holborn. Holborn comes from (I) Hol - a derivation from the word 'Hollow' and from Born (Bourne) - meaning a stream or small brook. So literally the stream in the hollow. There was indeed a stream here, and in fact there still is, only it is now a subterranean one, running well below the street level where it runs down into the River Fleet, and thence into the
High Holborn is in fact part of a Roman road, but is very unusual in that once past Kingsway, it veers sharply to the left. As most people will probably know, the Romans built lots of long straight roads, they did not usually deviate. However, the area which is now covered by
Next Friday is the second part of this tour - the roads south of High Holborn. If you are not too bored I will continue the history lesson then.
[i]Photo Credits: Edward; Highstone, Russell Davies and me[/i]