The London Explorer No.3
Today, a bit about Shoreditch, home of the legendary Shoreditch Twat (see above).
Shoreditch was once known as the cradle of British drama, because it was the first parish in England to possess a theatre. In 1576 James Burbage built his stage – Shakespeare supposedly minded the horses here – and there’s a plaque that marks the spot of the theatre, which was still there when Peter Jackson’s book appeared. But what of it now?
In the 1860s, at a cost of Â£200,000, Baroness Burdett-Coutts built the Columbia Market for poor Eastenders as a place where they could shop cheaply. It never succeeded and ‘stands today, cathedral-like in its grandeur, the shabby ghost of a monumental failure’. I know it was let as workshops for a while, but what happened to it after that?
The Geffrye Museum opened its doors in 1914 (although it was built in 1715 as alms houses) to show the development of furniture. Well, that’s still there, and every Christmas they decorate the rooms beautifully.
The stained-glass windows of St Augustine’s in Yorkton Street are unusual because instead of showing madonnas and crucifixes they are filled with little scenes of everyday life, like kids playing makeshift cricket outside a pub – still there?
Question: Which London bridge has a chimney on it and why?