Esoteric London

No. 913: Hop Gardens, WC2

Posted in Crime and Punishment by esotericlondon on August 28, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_2757 copy

Hop Gardens, London, WC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

The Pauper, The Thief and the Convict – Thomas Archer, 1865:


Having obtained the necessary credentials, I present myself before the darkly frowning prison entrance and, ascending the high flight of stone steps, peep between the long iron spikes and look into the lobby, before I ring the bell by the long iron handle which hangs beside the gate. Once admitted, not without a caution amounting to habitual suspicion on the part of the officer who attends to the gate, I have leisure to observe that the prison-like elements of the building are evident even at this early stage of my progress, for there before me, to the right, is another black door, or grille, looking, with its massy bars of trellis-work, like a fearsome window through which no ray of genial sunshine ever entered.

[The whole of the text from which the above excerpt was taken can be read at R.D.]

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