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Old Houses, Fleet Street

Old Houses, Fleet Street

Photographer: Dixon, Henry (1820 - 1892)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Tab.700.b.3

Item number: 85

Length: 23.2

Width: 18.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Aubrey tells us that Michael Drayton, the poet, 'lived at the bay-window house, next to the East end of St. Dunstan's Ch. in Fleet-Street' (Lives II. 335). Tradition claims for the house shown in the middle of the photograph the honour of having been the residence of the author of Polyolbion. The Great Fire stopped, on the north side of Fleet Street, at Fetter Lane, sparing St. Dunstan's and the intervening block of houses. The house certainly dates from before the Fire, and it agrees with Aubrey's description.
Letterpress by Alfred Marks from 'Photographs of Old London'.

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