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French Ordinary Court

2009.12.04
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One of the things I like about London is the collection of weird little streets and alleyways with their strange names in the old city.

French Ordinary Court was first mentioned on maps in 1677 and "ordinary" in this context refers to a meal provided at a fixed time and price in a tavern or public house. So it's likely that there was a tavern close by with a name that was somehow connected to France that offered this kind of meal. It has been gone for centuries but the alleyway remains.

Have a good weekend all.

D.
11 Comments
redro The old and the new...
I find very appealing how the composition fragments the image from right to left in smaller and smaller bits and pieces, going from the flat surface of the wall to the disarray of bunched walls, windows and posts like a pinched image from where a passer by emerges...
The tone bounces beautifully through the whole picture from the mystery of the darkness into the brighter fading background like an outburst of coming back to reality from a forgotten past.
redro · 2009-12-04: 11:24
????? very nice shot!
????? · 2009-12-04: 11:44
smbunation Excellent. Love the angle. Have a great weekend, David.
smbunation · 2009-12-04: 17:21
jennye great capture!
have a good weekend!
jennye · 2009-12-05: 02:09
jet28 Fabulous perspective!
jet28 · 2009-12-05: 02:28
dontblink The modern building at the end of the street really looks out of place. Nice shot
dontblink · 2009-12-05: 08:33
gonia very nice perspective of street,names still, but we usually don't remember why they are so.
gonia · 2009-12-05: 10:45
JaCkYe Gorgeous
JaCkYe · 2009-12-05: 18:38
slowpete very nice contrast in lines and buildings
slowpete · 2009-12-07: 01:07
????? The building in the background looms over everything. It contrasts so strongly with the older buildings.
????? · 2009-12-07: 20:30
girafferacing You always manage to find such intriguing places in London - thanks for sharing them :-)
girafferacing · 2009-12-08: 14:12
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