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French Ordinary Court

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2009 by David Swatton Viewed 4679 times

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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.


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    • # Helen

      You always manage to find such intriguing places in London - thanks for sharing them :-)

      2009.12.08 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Gonia

      very nice perspective of street,names still, but we usually don't remember why they are so.

      2009.12.05 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Brian

      The modern building at the end of the street really looks out of place. Nice shot

      2009.12.05 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # 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.

      2009.12.04 Edited Reply Cancel