Cowling and Wilcox on the Holloway Road sells a great range of sketch books. I’ve been filling one of them up with sketches in and around the Holloway Road. I recently completed another stretch of this road – the part which is directly opposite Cowling and Wilcox. It’s another 1.8m long orginial which I have cropped into phone-view sized chunks, to form a record of each of the buildings.
Please drop me a line if you know any local history relating to any of these buildings which you would like me to include here.
I’ve just had great fun comparing your sketch of this section of Holloway Road with the entries in the 1914 London Post Office Directory. “Ginger Lettings,” the middle section of Denmark Place was, back then, an ancestor of mine’s cork cutting shop. The business was run by father and son for many years, but was originally sited in Liverpool Road before relocating to this address. The son and his second wife lived above the shop at one point. Thomas Judd’s at 123 was at no.115 in 1914. Two of the buildings in the road are used for the same purposes today as they were then: No. 111, “The Hope” Dining Rooms, was originally dining rooms run by Edward William Jerome, and 117, occupied by Carroll O’Sullivan, physician and surgeon, is still a surgery today.
Thanks so much for all this history – I’m delighted to hear about the life of these buildings. The Post Office directory sound a great resource, thanks for mentioning it to me. I really appreciate the time taken to write to me – this is such a helpful insight, thanks again! Best wishes Ronnie
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