Esoteric London

No. 642: West Street, WC2

Posted in Lettering, Theatrical London by esotericlondon on August 14, 2012

St. Martin’s Theatre, West Street, London, WC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

The Morning Chronicle: Labour and the Poor – Henry Mayhew, 1849-50 – Letter XXXVII:

I calculate that I made more than thirty thousand mousetraps altogether, from January to December, [18] ’49. There are three or four other people in London making penny mousetraps besides myself. I reckon they may make among them near upon half as many as I do, and that would give about 45,000 or 50,000 penny mousetraps made in London in the course of the year.

[ Agatha Christies Mousetrap has been running for 60 years the last 38 of those at the St. Martin’s Theatre. R.D.]