RE HANNAH HITCHENS ( HUTCHENS)
St Andrews Holborn is the scene of Hannah Hutchens (Hitchens) theft. The church is really the only thing left that would have been there at the time – but is a very nice church with the two curious statues on either side of the door. I haven’t come across anything like them anywhere else. St Andrews is one of half a dozen streets that radiate out from Holborn Circus – most of the streets heading south (including St Andrews) are almost totally modern but those heading north give a little more sense of what it may have been like.
It has always worried me in London that I can’t quite get my bearings. This time I realised that it’s largely because there is a big modern city that still follows a totally chaotic medieval street plan. Holborn is just outside of the old city as defined by the old city wall but it is still a very old part of town.
RE THOMAS BENSON.
Gravel Lane is the scene of thomas Benson’s crime. There is even less to see here but it is probably an even older part of town – indicated by the name of the area Aldgate (or old gate). It is in the east, not far from the Tower of London but suffered badly during the blitz. It is an area that is one of the business centres of London and I have included a photo of one of London’s ‘iconic’ new buildings, the Gherkin, which is only a block or so away (London blocks are usually much shorter than blocks in other cities because of the previously mentioned chaotic medieval street plan – shorter and seldom straight)
THANKS TO JON SANDERS FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHS AND COMMENTARY. MAY 2008.
HANNAH HITCHENS AND THOMAS BENSON WERE THE PARENTS OF SARAH ANN BENSON WHO MARRIED PETER MARK READY AND THEN GEORGE MOORE. SARAH WAS THE MOTHER OF PETER READY WHOSE DAUGHTER JESSIE SARAH MARRIED WILLIAM BELL. THEY WERE THE PARENTS OF JACK, JEAN, JOYCE AND BETTY BELL.