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A Prosperous Lawyer, and a Red House and Red Lion Connection

James Beale was a prosperous solicitor, with a town house in London’s Holland Park and a country house at Standen in Sussex, built in 1892-4 and now owned by the National Trust.

Close Shaves and Toilet Requisites in EC2

You’re a chap out in the City and you feel a real need for......a haircut. Perhaps you’re also keen to underline your Square Mile credentials, so any ordinary barber would not do.

If you were in the West End you would have plenty choice, out of which possibly George Trumper in Curzon Street or Jermyn Street might be considered the pick.

A City contender, certainly on shop front appearance, is F Flittner of 86 Moorgate.

Oliver Goldsmith,The National Theatre, and a splash of Charles Dickens

The programme for the current National Theatre production of She Stoops to Conquer (piece by Frank Delaney) describes Goldsmith as “born with a grossly protruding forehead and upper lip, while his chin receded like a man aghast”.

Foxes Discovered in the City

The creatures are well-known in London suburbs, rummaging in dustbins and making a special contribution to the destabilisation of garden sheds through burying under them to make a home.

But as the picture shows, they are also in the City. Indeed, they are not recent arrivals, and the photo shows that they have been there since 1868.

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