Esoteric London

No. 442: London Wall, EC2

Posted in Lettering, Shops, Wildlife by esotericlondon on November 8, 2011

London Wall, London, EC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

From the London Wildlife Trust website:

Foxes started appearing in towns and cities following World War I due to a change in people’s lifestyles. New transport systems allowed people to work in one place and to live in another, and surburban housing was built in once rural areas. Foxes quickly adapted, taking advantage of the food and shelter provided in these new relatively large gardens. Now accustomed to living in close range of humans, successive generations have spread inwards towards the city centre. Today there can be more opportunities of food and shelter in towns and cities than in the surrounding countryside, with the destruction of hedgerows, woods and wild field margins.

[ Unfortunately not all of London’s foxes are thriving. T. Fox and Co. started selling umbrellas in 1868 from their shop on the edge of the City. Although in recent times it has been more involved in bespoke tailoring and accessories such as briefcases and shoes it has still been able to supply you with an umbrella should you be caught in a shower. But no more, the shop has recently ceased trading and a note in the window says ‘…We like to take this opportunity, to thank you for your loyal support over the last few years…’

The London Wildlife Trust website can be visited by clicking here. R.D.]

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