Thursday, June 4, 2009

London Sight Seeing

All these places are close by where Heath works in Borough High Street.

Marshalsea Prison

Malcolm and Percy can be seen peeping through some weeds below a plaque that reads Marshalsea Prison Beyond this wall is the old Marshalsea Prison, closed in 1842. This sign is attached to a remnant of the prison. Charles Dickens, whose father was imprisoned here for debt in 1824, used that experience as the Marshalsea setting for his novel Little Dorrit.

Little Dorrit church

The church that Malcolm and Percy are standing outside stood beside the Marshalsea Prison in Dicken's time and in Little Dorrit it was the church that she was christened and married in. Inside is a stained glass window showing Little Dorrit kneeling before the alter.

Cross Bones graveyard

The plaque reads:In medieval times this was an unconsecrated graveyard for prostitutes or 'Winchester Geese'. By the 18th century it had become a paupers burial ground, which closed in 1853. Here, local people have created a memorial shrine.

The Outcast Dead R.I.P

This is the site of a burial ground for prostitutes. The ground was bought by London Transport, I think, for development but concerned locals are trying to preserve it.

This old chocolate factory has become a theatre, gallery and cafe and bar

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