Fournier Street

I’m sure that Fournier Street has featured plenty of times in my blog before.   It certainly appears in the book.   But I normally see it on winter mornings when the sun falls on the houses on the north side.   Tonight, I saw houses on the south side lit up by the evening sun, including Hawksmoor’s Rectory, commissioned as a minister’s house in July 1725.   It was originally expected to cost £800, was £1,000 a year later, and ended up costing £1,456 8s. 10d. by the time it had been completed in 1729.   Next door was Marmaduke Smith’s house, the largest in the street, lived in when I first knew it by Michael Gillingham.   The fine door case is from No. 14, known as Howard House and built for William Taylor, a ‘carpenter and gentleman’, then leased by weavers, Signeratt and Bourdillon-

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