Top of Circus Place, Finsbury Circus south side

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This is the view today from the spot where the gates to Bedlam stood from 1676 to 1815. Melancholy and Raving Madness would have been on top of the gate – right above your head 200 years ago

Raving Madness and Melancholy Madness appeared in the third episode of the BBC4 documentary series Masons of God (2011).

Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

Alexander Pope (1688-1744)


From Book the First of ‘The Dunciad’ (1743 edition)

‘The Dunciad’






Close to those walls where Folly holds her throne,

And laughs to think Monroe would take her down,

Where o’er the gates, by his famed father’s hand

Great Cibber’s brazen, brainless brothers stand;

One cell there is, concealed from vulgar eye,

The cave of Poverty and Poetry.



The Gates of Bedlam
                                        The Gates of Bedlam


Melancholy Madness (left) and Raving Madness (right)

Now retired and living in Beckenham, Kent. Melancholy Madness (left) and Raving Madness (right)



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