Esoteric London

No. 599: Kilburn High Road, NW6

Posted in Lettering, Shops by esotericlondon on June 14, 2012

Kilburn High Road, London, NW6. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

Sketches by Boz – Charles Dickens, 1836:

The pawnbroker’s shop is situated near Drury Lane, at the corner of a court, which affords a side entrance for the accommodation of such customers as may be desirous of avoiding the observation of the passers-by, or the chance of recognition in the public street.  It is a low, dirty looking, dusty shop, the door of which stands always doubtfully, a little way open: half inviting, half repelling the hesitating visitor, who, if he be as yet uninitiated, examines one of the old garnet brooches in the window for a minute or two with affected eagerness, as if he contemplated making a purchase; and then looking cautiously round to ascertain that no one watches him, hastily slinks in: the door closing of itself after him, to just its former width.

[For more on pawnbrokers see post No. 75 by clicking here. R.D.]

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