Rebels, Radicals and Rough Justice: Historic Clerkenwell
Stop here, and turn to your right, looking into this narrow alleyway. This is called Jerusalem Passage, and used to be the covered north entrance to St John’s Priory.
Before we walk down it, look up to the corner of the building on your left. Can you see the green, circular plaque? That’s to Thomas Britton, the musical coal man.
You can start walking down the alleyway while I tell you about him.
Britton held weekly concerts here, attended by well known musicians including Handel. It is recorded that he was very superstitious. On one occasion a friend played a joke, dressing up as a ghost and predicting Britton's death. The unfortunate Britton was so scared he had a heart attack and died.
Continue down the alley. I’ll meet you on the other side.