Esoteric London

No. 702: White Post Lane, E9

Posted in Housing by esotericlondon on November 6, 2012

White Post Lane, London, E9. 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:

Traditionally, we owe the foundation of Dame Owen’s School and Almshouses, at Islington, to Archery. In 1610, this rich brewer’s widow, in passing along St. John-street-road, then Hermitage-fields, was struck by a truant arrow, and narrowly escaped “braining;” and the grateful lady, thinking such close shooting dangerous, in commemoration of her providential escape, built, in 1613, a Free School and ten Almshouses upon the scene of her adventure.

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