Chez Scrooge

Following on from the last post and keeping up the festive theme, I thought I’d spend a very wet Wednesday in the warm searching for the home of Ebenezer Scrooge. Dickens describes Ebenezer’s abode as follows,”He lived in chambers which had once belonged to his deceased partner. They were a gloomy suite of rooms in… Continue reading Chez Scrooge

Ossulston Street (continued)

Ossulston Street continues it’s life connected to Wilsted Street until the mid 1860s and would probably have stayed that way if it hadn’t been for the development of St Pancras station in 1868 After it’s construction Wilsted Street gets the chop and Ossulston Street continues through to the Euston Road. Why this should be is… Continue reading Ossulston Street (continued)

The Dog’s Nose

“Mr Walker, a convert to the Brick Lane branch of the United Grand Junction Ebenezer Temperance Association, thought that tasting Dog’s Nose twice a week for 20 years had lost him the use of his right hand.”  The passage comes from Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens. At first I thought it was perhaps some… Continue reading The Dog’s Nose

How Curious

There is a small area of central London crammed in between Lincoln’s Inn Fields, the Strand and Aldwych. The area is known as Clare Market and is taken up in the most part by the London School of Economics (LSE). The area of Clare Market was originally centred on a small market building constructed by… Continue reading How Curious


One Word Sunday The Old Curiosity Shop has been an iconic Dickensian site since the mid-1880s, when its owner, with no justification whatsoever decided to emblazon the words “Immortalised by Charles Dickens” above the door. However, it is an old building, probably dating to the sixteenth century. Dickens buffs have always been rightly sceptical about… Continue reading Old