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Holborn, Skinner Street and Snow Hill (under construction)


Holborn Voice - not anything to do with history - it's a magazine for people who live and work in Holborn, but good to see locals passionate about their area.

The Fascination of London: Holborn and Bloomsbury - a Project Gutenberg e-book by Sir Walter Besant and Geraldine Edith Mitton and published in 1903.

A Walk in History - a personal blog written by someone who works in Holborn.  The blog consists of different walks that the author has made in and around Holborn with fascinating little titbits from history. Packed with information. It seems to ahve ceased in 2008 though.

Victorian London - a brief collection of bits and pieces about Holbourn

Brisht History Online - From  Old and New London, comes this 1878 detailed history of Holborn and Chancery Lane, building by building.

Discovering Holborn's Underground Lairs - an article from The Telegraph about Hoblorn's maze of tunnels, offices and institutions that lie underground.

Go to Midtown - their website is currently being reconstructed (September 2015) but keep an eyeout.  Aly Mir, the website creator runs tours of Holborn and knows a great deal about the area.

Patrick Baty - Patrick Baty is a specialist in old paint and on his website he has a fairly detailed history and examination of the Holborn Viaduct - obviously with emphasis on the paint.

"Holborn is a continuation of Oxford-street, the link between east and west. It is a great thoroughfare, but its shops are not of such a class as would be expected from that circumstance. Holborn, in fact, suffers from being neither one thing nor the other. It is too far east for the fashionable world to come to it for their purchases; it is too far west for the business men of the City; consequently it contains few first-class shops or warehouses" (Charles Dickens).

An interesting comment, which sort of makes sense, although I suspect that it is a very long time since it was seen as a shopping area.  To me it has always meant the city and offices, rather than shops.  And a recent visit to London did not disabuse me of this notion.  My great-grandfather, John Mollett, was, however, raised in Skinner Street (swept away by the building of the Holborn Viaduct), in a confectioner's shop owned and run by his father Robert.  So shops were obviously there back then.

The aim was to provide easy access to the City at its north-west corner, and to create a ‘slip-road’ to the new food markets at Smithfield. Above all the improvements were intended to remedy ‘the evils resulting from the declivities of Holborn Hill and Skinner Street’, the streets taking traffic into and out of Fleet Ditch.