Esoteric London

No. 1212: Stroud Green Road, N4

Posted in Street Furniture by esotericlondon on November 2, 2015

©RogerDean_SHI7092

Stroud Green Road, London, N4. Photo ©RogerDean 2008

Gaslight and Daylight – George Augustus Sala, 1859:

DOWN WHITECHAPEL WAY.

‘SIR,’ said Samuel Johnson to the Scotch gentleman— ‘sir, let us take a walk down Fleet Street.’ If I had not a thousand other reasons to love and revere the memory of the great and good old Doctor, I should still love and revere it for his preference of Fleet Street to the fields—of streets generally to sylvan shades—of the hum of men and the rattling of wheels, to the chirp of the cricket or the song of the skylark. It may be prejudice, or an unpoetic mind, or so on; but I am, as I have observed five hundred times before; and my critics may well ask, ‘why observe it again?’ of the streets, streety. I love to take long walks, not only down Fleet Street, but up and down all other streets, alleys, and lanes.