A photo show of Boundary Passage
I've written before about Boundary Passage in Shoreditch - but now I've got my act together and taken a few photos.
It is humdrum, tawdry - and about the last relic of the Jago, the slum that Arthur Morrison wrote about in his classic 1896 novel A Child of the Jago.
Morrison prefaced the novel with a very accurate street map. Boundary Passage is shown as 'The Posties' - running between Old Jago Street (actually Old Nichol Street) and Shoreditch High Street.
In the novel's opening page, Morrison writes of 'a narrow passage, set across with posts, [which] gave menacing entrance on one end of Old Jago Street'. This is the passage through which the young Dicky Perrott runs with stuff nicked from the High Street stalls.
The posts are still there - though whether they are or ever were cannons from Nelson's navy, as some suggest, I rather doubt.
Some of the menace is gone - what was the slum side of the passage is now decidedly up-market.
Though the High Street end is distinctly disreputable. The entrance to Boundary Passage runs alingside a tatty gentlemen's bar.
It's almost an inversion of the past. The slum is now smart - the high street is in disrepair.
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Stefany Reich Silber
Thanks for confirming that the "posties" of the Old Jago are the bollards in Boundary Passage. I had read that they were still there but no name was given to the "small alley way connecting to Shoreditch High Street". I had to figure it out but was not sure until I found you! Thank you.
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