Saturday, 18 May 2013

Urban Wandering: Islington, London EC1 and WC1

Following my recent, first urban wander around Clerkenwell a week or so back, I found myself with an opportunity to return last week. Despite trying to follow different paths, I kept gravitating towards Clerkenwell Green, so had to adjust course a couple of times to make sure I found some new ground. Eventually I ended up heading slightly further north than planned and found myself, in Islington.

The first two pictures are of an abandoned pub, in Dingley Road, just off City Road. The remaining letters on the sign in the first photo suggest it once said "MERCHANT & ..." but unfortunately that's the only clue I have. However a bit of research shows that the pub was actually called the Princess Alice, so maybe the sign used to say "WINE MERCHANT & ...". I did find another site which was advertsing the building for sale, and had done a CGI mock-up of the place.

Abandoned pub, the Princess Alice, Dingley Road, London EC1
Abandoned pub, the Princess Alice, Dingley Road, London EC1

The view from the other side was just as interesting and I particularly like the tree growing out of the gutter.
Abandoned pub, the Princess Alice, Dingley Road, London EC1
Abandoned pub, the Princess Alice, Dingley Road, London EC1

As my walk progressed I found myself in a better preserved neighbourhood, and as you'll all know by now I can't resist a mews.

Doughty Mews, London WC1
Doughty Mews, London WC1

Doughty Mews, London WC1
Doughty Mews, London WC1

    

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