Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London, St James’s Church, Clerkenwell (no.61)

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I just need to visit one more area in Clerkenwell before returning to Islington with Mr Bradshaw! The Nunnery of St Mary, ‘..a house of Augustinian canonesses, [some say ‘Benedictine’..?] was founded shortly after the adjacent Hospitaller priory of St John … Continued

Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London, Granville Square (no.59)

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In 1828 George Randell’s lease on land alongside the Fleet River expired. He made bricks and tiles, and as the drawing below shows the surrounding area was still countryside. Randell was required to fill in the workings but apparently did a … Continued

Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London, 1862, Wilmington Square, (no.55)

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Wilmington Square was built between 1818 and 1840 on land which belonged to the Northampton family, the Spa Fields Estate. The building here followed on from the development of Wood Close. The estate remained privately owned until 1949.  The square is named … Continued

Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London, Day 8, Squares in Clerkenwell, (no.53)

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The area to the north of the Chapel, Spa Fields, was open countryside in 1790s, and still in 1801. Merlin’s Cave, at the top of the hill, was a pub. The land is this area was privately owned and when leases expired … Continued

Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London, Day 8, Coldbath Fields, (no.51)

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‘..For the sake of visiting localities of greater interest, we..turn aside from Gray’s Inn Road and enter Coldbath Fields … once famous for a cold spring that still exists in Bath Street..’. (I think that the spring is now enclosed in … Continued

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