Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Old Curiosity Shop

This shop 'The Old Curiosity Shop' is at 13–14 Portsmouth Street, Westminster, London, in amongst the London School of Economics. I really should have taken a shot of across the street because it was a beehive of building construction.

The building dates back to the sixteenth century, but this name was added after the novel was released, as it was thought to be the inspiration for Dickens' description of the antique shop. At one time it functioned as a dairy on an estate given by King Charles II, to one of his many mistresses. It was made using the wood from old ships and the building survived the bombs of Second World War.


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