Saturday, 23 March 2013

Goodwin's Court

A street straight out of Harry Potter, however unlike Diagon Alley you don't need magical powers to visit.  Goodwin's Court runs of St Martin's Lane, not far from Leicester Square Tube.  The street dates back to 1690 and appears very little has changed. 
The quaint shop fronts with small window panes that you can peer through and the low doors with brass knockers in the centre.  One door had a small but chunky wooden above it that read "Nell Gwynne House".  Another plaque on the wall tells us that the street used to be named "Fishers Alley", maybe this was the route the fishermen took their wares from the Thames to the market at Covent Garden?
Even more charm oozes from this wee lane at night when the gas lamps are burning.  They must surely be the last ones still working in London.

16 comments:

Babzy said...

very nice narrow street :)

Adullamite said...

Yes lovely stuff. Never knew that existed, always worth putting your nose down such alleys - in daylight!

biebkriebels said...

Lovely street from a story book of long ago.

John said...

London is full od small hidden places; I hope to spend a few days in town in summer doing a 'photo explore' with 35mm and old film. But it needs to be warm, fed up with the snow.

Sharon said...

This looks like a perfect place for a photographer to visit.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

This is what I love about London, so much history , lucky you to be living amongst it Mo.

RedPat said...

The kind of place that I love!

LOLfromPasa said...

Charming! And, with no snow. Have you escaped this time around?

Karine said...

I want to live there :)

Jack said...

What a charmer this alley is!

Pierre BOYER said...

Superbe....
Bon dimanche !

Pierre

Dave said...

A great find.

LONDONLULU said...

Such a charming street, and ooh Nell Gwynne House? I wonder what sorts of intrigue might've happened there?

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The Little Dark Poet said...

I wrote a piece for my own blog featuring Goodwin's Court and its place in the Jules Dassin film noir 'Night and The City'. I have re-posted it for anyone interested. It was a location Dassin used and is clearly visible much as it is now. Would recommend a viewing of the movie, if you are interested in seeing it 'starring' in a piece of cinematic history.

house and flats to rent said...

Thanks for the heads up on London there are so many streets in London its hard to keep up

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