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Little Known Facts about Holborn

  • Famous writers who have lived in Holborn include Charles Dickens and Zadie Smith.

  • The composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) was born in Holborn.

  • The Strand is the subject of a famous music hall song ‘Let's All Go Down The Strand’ (words and music by Harry Castling and C W Murphy).

  • According to ancient custom anyone training to be a barrister in Britain must join one of the Inns of Court and dine there 24 times - as well as passing their examinations - before being officially qualified.

  • Shakespeare's play 'A Comedy of Errors' was first performed in Gray's Inn Hall in 1594.

  • The Old Curiosity shop was built in 1567 and was visited by Charles Dickens and is the oldest shop in central London. Now a shoe shop.

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