Esoteric London

No. 486: London Wall, EC2

Posted in Ghosts, London Places by esotericlondon on January 9, 2012

Barber Surgeon’s Hall Gardens, London Wall, London, EC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., Volume I – Washington Irving, 1824:

Little Britain has its long catalogue of city wonders, which its inhabitants consider the wonders of the world; such as the great bell of St Paul’s, which sours all the beer when it tolls; the figures that strike the hours at St Dunstan’s clock; the Monument; the lions in the Tower; and the wooden giants in Guildhall. They still believe in dreams and fortune-telling, and an old woman that lives in Bull-and-Mouth Street makes a tolerable subsistence by detecting stolen goods, and promising the girls good husbands. They are apt to be rendered uncomfortable by comets and eclipses; and if a dog howls dolefully at night, it is looked upon as a sure sign of a death in the place. There are even many ghost stories current, particularly concerning the old mansion-houses; in several of which it is said strange sights are sometimes seen. Lords and ladies, the former in full-bottomed wigs, hanging sleeves, and swords, the latter in lappets, stays, hoops and brocade, have been seen walking up and down the great waste chambers, on moonlight nights; and are supposed to be the shades of the ancient proprietors in their court dresses.

[ Little Britain is a hop, skip and a jump from the graffiti in the above photograph. R.D.]

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