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13 April 2013

Find Dickens at Holborn Bars

Hiding away under a terracotta canopy at the side of Waterhouse Square, part of the privately-owned Holborn Bars building, formerly the Prudential Assurance Building, a bust of Charles Dickens was installed in 1907 to commemorate Dickens stay at Furnival's Inn on the same site in 1836 while writing part of Pickwick Papers.

For some reason known only to the owners, Dickens is imprisoned in a glass case, and watched over by a rather incongruous CCTV camera, but his continued presence at least is something to be thankful for in this age of companies intent on removing the characters of interesting buildings.

For more, see http://www.londonremembers.com/memorials/dickens-bust-ec1

1 comment:

  1. At least it is still there, unlike the Paolozzi sculpture that was on the facade of a building up the road for 25 years until it was removed and sold the end of last year.