Esoteric London

No. 516: St Giles High Street, WC2

Posted in Architectural, Crime and Punishment, Funereal, Political London by esotericlondon on February 20, 2012

Centre Point, St Giles High Street, London, WC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

Curiosities of London Exhibiting the Most Rare and Remarkable Objects of Interest in the Metropolis; with Nearly Sixty Years’ Personal Recollections – John Timbs, 1867:

At the corner of Cobham-row and Cold Bath-square, there stood to our day a noble horse-chestnut tree, which, tradition tells us, was one of a grove of trees that once grew here in the extensive grounds of the ill-fated Sir John Oldcastle, afterwards Lord Cobham, the great Reformer; and who, by the barbarous inhumanity and persecuting spirit of the age in which he lived, was hung in chains as a heretic, and burned in St. Giles’s-in-the-Fields, in the year 1418 […].

[ Richard Seifert’s Centre Point, with his fabulous signiture “Y” beams, one of which is shown in the photograph above, stands on, or very near the site of Oldcastle’s execution. It is alleged that as he burned he cursed the ground about him and this has been suggested as a possible reason for the areas particularly high business failure rate and even for the difficulty Centre Point itself has had in filling its 35 floors since its construction in 1964. For more on Centre Point see post No. 86 and No. 361R.D.]

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