As well as Boswell (previous post), there are quite a few literary connections to St Martins within Ludgate, including with Charles Dickens and Shakespeare.
In “Little Dorritt”, Arthur Clenham, sitting in a coffee house on Ludgate Hill on Sunday evening, hears the church bells ring out.
William Shakespeare had his winter theatre just a few streets away.
And “I owe you three farthings say the bells of St Martins”, from the old “Oranges and Lemons” nursery rhyme could be referring to St Martin within Ludgate which did have a ring of five bells, of which one now remains on display in the church.
Tomorrow (18 October) is the birthday of James Boswell, the famous 18th century biographer. His biography of Samuel Johnson is thought by many to be the greatest biography written in the English language.
Boswell was a regular at church services in St Martin within Ludgate, a Wren church that survived WWII mainly undamaged.
Johnson was born in Lichfield and inside his house, which is now a museum, there is a 19th century stained glass window which is a portrait of the great lexicographer with Lichfield Cathedral in the background.
Today is the birthday of Samuel Johnson, the creator of one of the most important dictionaries in the history of the English language. The London house where he lived from 1748 to 1759 and where he wrote the dictionary, is now open as a very interesting museum.
LA does not have many green spaces, but this secret walk (see previous posts) passes through Hollenbeck Park.
The East Los Angeles Secret Walk (see previous post) took us along Boyle Avenue past some beautiful historic houses. The famous Max Factor who was makeup artist to the Hollywood stars, lived in this house in the 1920s.
We used the LA Secret Walks book (see previous post) to investigate a little known part of the city in East Los Angeles, starting at Mariachi Plaza on the Metro Gold train line.
Mariachi Plaza is at the heart of Mexican culture in LA, and the place where Mariachi band members gather to be hired out to perform at private functions.
At the Last Bookstore (see previous post), we picked up a copy of “Secret Walks – A Walking Guide to the Hidden Trails of Los Angeles”. This is a companion to “Secret Stairs” which we purchased last year.
There is some strange stuff in the Last Bookstore like this sculpture constructed of old books and called “Diagnosis”.
When we are in LA we always try to visit the Last Bookstore which has a vast collection of nearly new books. It’s a good opportunity to purchase inexpensive copies of books by American authors such as Willa Cather or Isaac Asimov.