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The Dustshoveller's Gazette: More Corners of Old Westminster

Saturday, 20 August 2011

More Corners of Old Westminster

A few more pockets of old Westminster, snapped on a lunchtime walk yesterday.  And by Westminster, I really mean Thorney Island, or the area within half a mile's radius of Westminster Abbey, rather than the modern borough. For some other blog posts on pre-1834 Westminster, you can also see here and here.

Street scene in Old Queen Street, by the Two
Chairmen pub.As well as these great buildings,
 I like the pub sign of two men carrying a sedan chair.

Fancy black and white doorway in Old Queen Street

Surviving gateway of the early 17th century
 Westminster Bridewell,  or House of Correction. 
Later known as Tothill Fields Prison, the remnant was
relocated here at the rear of Middlesex Guildhall in
1969 by the GLC.  The plaque over the door reads
 "Here are Several Sorts of Work for the Poor
 of this Parish: of St Margaret's Westminster. As also
 the County, according to LAW and forsuch
 as will Beg, and live Idle in this City and
 Liberty of Westminster. Anno 1655."



At 23 August 2011 at 08:45 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pub in Old Queen Street is called The Two Chairmen, not The Two Coachmen.

At 23 August 2011 at 09:50 , Anonymous Caroline said...

Ooops - quite right! Thanks for pointing out; has been corrected.


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