Esoteric London

No. 838: Holborn Viaduct, EC1

Posted in Churches, Funereal, Literary London by esotericlondon on May 15, 2013

St Andrew Holborn, Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

London by Day and Night – David W.Bartlett, 1852:

There is a building in Holborn Street, now occupied by a wholesale dealer in furniture, which once contained in a little garret-room the boy-poet, Chatterton. We visited it one day but discovered no traces of the garret-room. In answer to our inquiries, the proprietor informed us that Lord Bacon once had a suite of apartments in it – the name of Chatterton he seemed never to have heard before! It was there that Chatterton lived for a short time and perished. It was there that, after being deserted by friend after friend, and while on the point of starvation, with his own hands he ended his young life. He was dying by inches with hunger, while the conceited Walpole, who had turned him off to die with less compunction than a hunter would feel when shooting a deer, was luxuriously supplied with all that wealth could purchase; and so the young poet was buried among the paupers of Shoe Lane!

[The Resurrection Stone in the photograph above is on the exterior wall of St Andrew Holborn but it was originally over the entrance to the Shoe Lane burial ground and was moved to its present location after the burial ground was built over. R.D.]