The Oxford Arms, Warwick Lane, London

The Oxford Arms. Warwick Lane (with St. Paul's behind) 1875. According to John Betjeman, "This was pulled down in 1876. Warehouses were built on its site. The last of these seventeenth-century galleried London inns yards to remain is the George." [I at first included this building in the category of Slums and Working Class Housing, but Jacqueline Banerjee points out that "it was a famous galleried inn not far from St Paul's. There was a lot of fuss about its demolition. The picture itself is historic, part of a pioneering attempt to photograph 'old London' before it disappeared (see Archives in London in the M25 area ). There might well have been some squatters, but the picture suggests it was merely abandoned (not a slum). British History Online gives a more precise location for it than Betjeman." GPL]


Betjeman, John. Victorian and Edwardian London from Old Photographs. London: B. T. Batsford, 1969. Plate 12.

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