Esoteric London

No. 949: Clifford Street, W1

Posted in London Types, Pavements, Wartime London by esotericlondon on October 17, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_2223 copy

Clifford Street, London, W1. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

A Wanderer in London – E.V. Lucas, 1906:

The pavement between the corner of Trafalgar Square and the National Portrait Gallery has long been appropriated by the War Office as London’s chief recruiting ground; and here you may see the recruiting sergeants peacocking up and down, flicking their legs with their little canes, throwing out their fine chests, and personifying with all their might the allurements of the lordliest life on earth. One has to watch but a very short time to see a shy youth, tired of being an errand boy or grocer’s assistant, grab at the bait; when off they go to the barracks behind the National Gallery to complete the business. Is it, one wonders another Silas Tomkyns Comberbatch? Not often.