Finsbury Circus: a circumnavigation

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Aerial photograph of Finsbury Circus

Aerial photograph of Finsbury Circus

Further facts about FInsbury Circus

 

“This is the way we make our shoes,
Make our shoes,
Make our shoes.
This is the way we make our shoes
On a cold and frosty morning.”

“This is the way we mend our shoes,
Mend our shoes,
Mend our shoes.
This is the way we mend our shoes
On a sun shiny morning.”

Cobblers

Cobblers

In 1365 the Pelterers’ Guild ordered the leather workers to live and work beyond the wall in the Walbrook bog (Moor Fields). Jones – Bootmaker – is still there.

 

“This is the way the gentlemen walk,
The Gentlemen walk,
The Gentlemen walk.
This is the way the gentlemen walk
On a cold and frosty morning.”

“This is the way the Sodomites walk,
The Sodomites walk,
The Sodomites walk.
This is the way the Sodomites walk
On a bright and moonlit ev’ning.”

William Brown in the pillory

William Brown in the pillory

 

William Brown was pilloried in 1726 for a homosexual assignation in Moor Fields – what was euphemistically known as some ‘Moorfield exercises’.

Much of the historical information for this section of the tour came from Pat Rogers’ excellent Hacks and Dunces: Pope, Swift and Grub Street. Abridged edition, 1980. Methuen, UK (especially chapter one pp18-94).

 

 

Gawping at the loonies, 1789

Gawping at the loonies, 1789

 

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