No. 641: St. Bride Street, EC4
St. Bride Street, London, EC4. Photo © Roger Dean 2012
How the Poor Live – George R. Sims, 1883:
One room in this district [of the vilest of the London slums] is very like the other. The family likeness of the chairs and tables is truly remarkable, especially in the matter of legs. Most chairs are born with four legs, but the chairs one meets with here are a two-legged race – a four-legged chair is a rara avis, and when found should be made a note of. The tables, too, are of a type indigenous to the spot. The survival of the fittest does not obtain in these districts in the matter of tables. The most positively unfit are common, very common objects. What has become of the fittest I hesitate to conjecture. Possibly they have run away. I am quite sure that a table with legs would make use of them to escape from such surroundings.
[ The cast-iron legs in the photograph above belong to Antony Gormley's sculpture Resolution. Designed to look like a man at a distance and a city close up it is the artists first work to be sited in the City of London. R.D.]