Esoteric London

No. 783: St Paul’s Churchyard, EC4

Posted in Pavements by esotericlondon on February 27, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_4148 copy

St Paul’s Churchyard, London, EC4. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

Walks in London, Volume I – Augustus J.C. Hare, 1878:

[…] no one can see the City properly who does not walk in it, and no one can walk in it comfortably except on a Sunday. On that day it is throughly enjoyable. The great chimneys have ceased smoking, the sky is blue, the trees look green, but what is most remarkable is, the streets are empty. What becomes of all the people it is impossible to imagine; there are not only no carriages, there are scarcely any foot-passengers: one may saunter along the pavement with no chance of being jostled, and walk down the middle of the street without any fear of being run over. Then alone can the external features of the City be studied, and there is a great charm in the oddity of having it all to one’s self, as well as in the quietude.

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