Gwynne Place, WC1 – IanVisits

This might not look like much, but this little place and set of steps are rich in history, and deep in subsidence.A rather uninspiring hotel now straddles the space, which is used as a car park, and a set of steps up [Read entire story]

Warwick Passage, EC4 – IanVisits

A covered alley that runs underneath the Old Bailey court rooms with a concealed entrance for the public to go inside, this is Warwick Passage.Named after one end, which is Warwick Square, the former home of the powerful [Read entire story]

St Augustine’s Path – IanVisits

A narrow alley that provides a convenient link between two parallel roads, and which as far as I can tell, has never been used by St Augustine.It is however named after the church it sits beside, one of the more [Read entire story]

Amoy Place, E14 – IanVisits

If this alley sounds vaguely Chinese, then it’s no surprise as it’s part of the old Limehouse Chinatown before Chinatown migrated to Soho.The original Chinatown was based here to service the Chinese sailors arriving in [Read entire story]

Hen and Chicken Court, EC4 – IanVisits

This modest and in its own way pleasant little back alley is notable not just for its curious name, but for being associated with the infamous Demon Barber, Sweeney Todd.Or so they say.It is claimed, that the building [Read entire story]

Castle Court, EC3 – IanVisits

This is one of those seemingly ancient alleys that the City of London is so rich in, yet almost impossible to find anything about.References to Castle Court can be seen — just about — in a map of 1795. It shows up [Read entire story]

Harringay Passage, N4 – IanVisits

At just under a mile in length, this is the longest alley in London, and predates the area which is today known as the Harringay Ladder due to the way the street layout looks like a ladder.A ladder only if you squint, [Read entire story]

Priest’s Court, EC2 – IanVisits

This is an alley in two halves, with a narrow older half full of character and a very modern wider half that, well, lacks much to say about it.The wider half though does have a few notable aspects, mainly the building it [Read entire story]

New Bell Yard, EC4 – IanVisits

This yard is New, and looks it, but also on the site of an old, but at the time never so called, Bell Yard.Today there are (at least) two Bell Yards in London, so this one got prefixed with New to separate it from the [Read entire story]

Sugar Bakers Court, EC3 – IanVisits

This rather small dead-end of an alley is in an area of London that is surprisingly rich in ancient history, but also offers an amazing view of a modern landmark.The area around Sugar Bakers Court is likely to have been [Read entire story]