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Goodwin’s Court ~ an historic alley

Adjacent to 55-56 St Martin’s Lane and built into the frontage of The Theatre Goers Club of Great Britain, lies this beautiful short alley.  Built about 1627, walking along this charming court is like stepping back in time: the polished black doors have proper, highly polished knockers and knobs with brass plates announcing the names of the businesses therein.  Three large, working gas lamps light the passage and the Georgian bowed windows reveal their previous existance as a row of shops.  A plaque erected by the L.C.C. Survey states that the passage was previously known as Fishers Alley, with the current buildings erected in 1690.

Located at:  Go to 55 St. Martin’s Lane to find the entrance.

Closest tube: Leicester Square

5 comments on “Goodwin’s Court ~ an historic alley

  1. blue starr
    February 14, 2013

    Of all the ‘secret’ places I visited this was my favourite.Tucked in-between two shops this narrow passageway is so charming, 400 years old, amazing! I wonder what kind of shops where there. I hope it is protected in some way to stay exactly how it is, it needs to be.
    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge of these hidden gems, they enriched my visit to London tenfold.

      February 14, 2013

      Thanks for all your comments. It is so rewarding to know people are enjoying some of these places and benefitting from some of these blog posts. Hope you find some more ideas for your next visit… there are plenty more to come! Thanks, IAN

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  3. jennypellett
    July 8, 2013

    I know it well – and I thought it was my secret!

      July 9, 2013

      Sorry to share your secret! Surprisingly few people know about some of these more hidden places though… all the best, IAN

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This entry was posted on May 26, 2012 by in Free Activities, Historic Buildings, Westminster and tagged .
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