Another call to the past
I should have spotted this before ... another of those rare examples of old London 'letter' exchanges visible on signs. This is the Arosfa Hotel in Bloomsbury - MUSeum 2115. I think this is simply the nicest of these survivals I have come across.Don't you reckon?
What makes this particularly wonderful is that the Arosfa Hotel is still in business - this isn't some ghostly relic, but the sign (OK, the number has changed, but let that be) of a working, functioning, thriving business.
And in case you are wondering - and I certainly was - the hotel's website says the name means 'resting place' in Welsh ... a language widely spoken in Bloomsbury!
Not all that far away, on Whidborne Street south of St Pancras and King's Cross stations, there's another survivor - this is quite the most entrancing street corner in central London. And there still you can see the phone number, hand painted and now rather faint (wouldn't you be after all those decades?) TERminus 4577.
And I hope the photo below will explain why you need to hightail (meaning hurry, rush - an American origin word originating from the raised tails of running animals such as deer and rabbits) it down to Whidborne Street before it is irrevocably altered in some way.
My husband and I live in kings Cross and are infatuated with this street. From talking with pub owners I can color in some facts for you: the CE Norris building is still owned by the Norris family, who no one knows but has refused to sell the building even for millions. The building was a funeral parlour and the upper door was where they would just and bring in the bodies. Currently it's used for storage! Historically there would have been no gaps between Norris and Paul 6 however they were never built up from the bombings. We adore this street and have our hearts set on living on it one day, glad to see you've noticed it too! Lou
It is eight months since I wrote the last article in this continuous blog. The time has flown by. I have never seen a blog that grows with its own life, but has been growing ever since it was first started. There has been no shortage of interesting topics that have emerged during that time. Blogging here has helped me to reflect on my own past and the changes I've made along the way. And looking back, I see even more changes happening now that they had not occurred before.
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