Esoteric London

No. 178: Narrow Street, E14

Posted in Literary London, Pubs, The Thames and its Tributaries by esotericlondon on November 3, 2010

The Grapes, Narrow Street, London, E14. Photo © Roger Dean 2010

London, Volume 3 and 4 – Charles Knight, 1851:

Whatever Wapping may appear to the eyes of landsmen, to the British sailor it is, without doubt, a region of romance; a place to think about when – having been long tossed on some “still vexed“ sea, or, more intolerable annoyance, becalmed on some far-stretching dead waste of waters – his heart yearns towards home; and the spot, made so familiar to him by the songs and stories he most delights in, – the spot where he has so often first touched English ground after many months’ absence,- rises to his imagination decked in fairer and more glowing hues than poet or painter ever lavished on places a hundred times more beautiful.

[ The Grapes, it is generally believed, is the pub on which Dickens based the Six Jolly Fellowship Porters in Our Mutual Friend. R.D.]

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  1. msbaroque said, on November 3, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    AND rumour has it that as a child he danced on its tables for pennies…

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