Esoteric London

No. 1091: Bere Street, E1

Posted in Graffiti by esotericlondon on May 5, 2014

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Bere Street, London, E1. Photo ©RogerDean 2014

The Great Army of London Poor – The River-side Visitor, [1882]:

Such was my first introduction to Grass-Widows’ Alley, and much of my after-experience in it was also associated with death and misery – necessarily so, for they were the chief characteristics of the place, and it was curious, as well as sad, to note how calmly familiar with them were the inhabitants. While they struggled so desperately to live, many of them yet looked forward to death as a friend.

[Alan Watts was born in the village of Chislehurst, Kent (now south-east London), in 1915. R.D.]

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