Esoteric London

No. 5 : Nightingale Lane, Hornsey, N8

Posted in Fictional London, Uncategorized by esotericlondon on March 5, 2010

Nightingale Lane, London, N8. Photo © Roger Dean 2010

From Diary of a Nobody – George and Weedon Grossmith, 1892:

My dear wife and I have just been a week on our new house, ‘The Laurels’, Brickfield Terrace, Holloway – a nice six-roomed residence, not counting basement, with a front breakfast parlour. We have a little front garden; and there is a flight of ten steps up to the front door, which, by the by, we keep locked with the chain up. Cummings, Gowing, and our other intimate friends always come to the little side entrance, which saves the servant the trouble of going up to the front door, thereby taking her from her work. We have a nice little back garden which runs down to the railway. We were rather afraid of the noise of the trains at first, but the landlord said we should not notice them after a bit, and took £2 off the rent. He was certainly right; and beyond the cracking of the garden wall at the bottom, we have suffered no inconvenience.

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