Esoteric London

No. 776: Warwick Lane, EC4

Posted in Architectural, Clubs, Friezes, London Labour by esotericlondon on February 18, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_7924 copy

Cutler’s Hall, Warwick Lane, London, EC4. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

Gaslight and Daylight, With Some London Scenes They Shine Upon – George Augustus Sala, 1859:

It is natural that a metropolis so gigantic as the Empress-city of Britain should set the fashion to its provincial kinsfolk. It is, I believe, a fact not very much controverted, that London habits, London manners and modes, London notions and London names are extensively copied, followed, and emulated in the provinces. There is scarcely a village, not to say a town in Great Britain where some worthy tradesman has not baptized his place of business London House, or the London Repository, where he pretends to sell London porter, London hosiery, or London cutlery.

[ The photograph above shows a detail of the terracotta frieze that adorns the facade of the Cutler’s Hall in Warwick Lane in the City. The hall was built in 1887 and is the fifth that the company has had at various locations since it was formed in 1285. R.D.]

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