Rebels, Radicals and Rough Justice: Historic Clerkenwell

    11 Nov 2015
    Clock 60min      Length1mi
    8 ratings

    Pirates House

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    Before we move on, have a look at the house on the corner across the road, on the left. It has a metal frame on it, and is made of different coloured bricks. Turn left, and walk up the road while I tell you about it.

    The house was built for the celebrity media personality, Janet Street Porter. Her friend, Piers Gough, was the architect. It is intended to look like a pirate ship, the alternate layers of light and dark bricks simulating the effect of sea water on the prow. When she was in residence, a pirate's skull and crossbones flag flew from the top. This is one example of the gentrification of Clerkenwell.

    Continue straight. Notice the mixture of modern and Georgian housing on the right side of the street as you walk. Clerkenwell architecture is far from homogeneous, as we will see.

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