Streets of Old Holborn

Streets of Old Holborn


The south-eastern corner of the Borough of Camden abuts the City of London and also has a rich and varied history dating back to Roman times.  Powerful statesmen built palaces here in the Middle Ages. Lord Chancellors were bred in the two Inns of Court and Tudor and Stuart courtiers enjoyed their great houses until the area became fully built up. Part of Holborn, particularly near the noisome River Fleet, became so crowded with insanitary buildings that the Victorian drove great thoroughfares through these slums. This history is described in seven walks. [More...]


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The list of famous people associated with Holborn is endless but includes the writer Dickens; the poet Milton; the artist Gainsborough; many - mostly radical - political figures; and the bungling public executioner Jack Ketch. 

2nd edition 2010