Esoteric London

No. 387: Passing Alley, EC1

Posted in Architectural, Pavements by esotericlondon on August 23, 2011

Passing Alley, Clerkenwell, London, EC1. Photo © Roger Dean 2010

From the website A Guide to the Alleys, Courts, Passages and Yards of Central London – Ivor Hoole:

From time to time it is impossible, or perhaps inconvenient, to avoid treading the path of vulgarity. In the interest of realism and truthfulness I trust that my readers will now forgive me when I reveal that Passing Alley was of old times one of the numerous open public conveniences known as Pissing Alley. There were literally dozens of them about the City, all inaugurated and so named through the constant procession over the years of people rushing to visit their walls. With the exception of this single corruption, all have now either disappeared from the scene or have had their names changed beyond association.

[ Ivor Hooles fascinating website A Guide to the Alleys, Courts, Passages and Yards of Central London can be visited by clicking here. R.D.]

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