View of Lant Street and the Gladstone Arms
|Length||0.2 mi (0.3 km)|
|Postal code||SE1 1|
|northwest end||Southwark Bridge Road|
|southeast end|| A3 road
Borough High Street
At the northwest end is the Southwark Bridge Road and at the southeast end is Borough High Street. Close by, just to the north in Borough High Street, is the historic St George the Martyr church, where the Charles Dickens character Little Dorrit was married in Dickens' book of the same name. The area around Lant Street has many Dickens associations. The street is also one of main locations of the plot of Sarah Waters' Fingersmith.
The word Lant refers to aged urine, used for cleaning, in the manufacture of gunpowder, and ale and pastry making. The road is named, however, in remembrance of the Lant family and Thomas Lant who inherited and owned the nearby land and rented out several hundred homes there from the 18th Century.
Charles Dickens is Lant Street's most notable resident. He took lodgings in Lant Street during 1824 while still a child, in a house that belonged to the Vestry Clerk of St George's Church. This was during the period that his father John Dickens was imprisoned in the nearby Marshalsea debtor's prison.
Sir Joseph Lyons was born at 50 Lant Street on 29 December 1847. Lyons was a self-made businessman and went on to own the Lyons Cornerhouses, a chain of tea shops run by J. Lyons and Co., established in 1887.
History of the area
The area around Lant Street, mainly to the north, was previously known as The Mint. It was a slum area with privileges for debtors until The Mint in Southwark Act 1722 removed these rights. The area remained a slum until the 19th century. The only reminder of The Mint is Mint Street off Marshalsea Road, where there used to be a workhouse.
The Marshalsea prison, associated with the Marshalsea Court, was located a little to the north of the southeast end of Lant Street, just north of St George's Church. The prison was mentioned in the works of Charles Dickens.
In 1902, a small public open space, known as Little Dorrit's Playground, after the Charles Dickens character, was opened north of Lant Street. Much of the area became derelict as a result of air raid damage during World War II. Also north of Lant Street is Little Dorrit's Court.
- Lant Street Association.
- Lant Street, LondonTown.com.
- Walter Dexter The London of Dickens. E. P. Dutton, 1925.
- Princes of Wales, Borough.
- Gladstone Arms, Borough.
- Charles Dickens London — In Lant Street, 1915.
- Little Dorrit's Church — Sightseeing, Places of Worship, Virtual London.
- Charles Dickens information, ULCA, USA.
- Lant Street history.
- The Mint Street Workhouse: One of the few remains of London workhouses, Southwark Council, UK.
- The Marshalsea prison, Hidden London.
- Little Dorrit's Playground; New London Park Named After One of Dickens's Characters. New York Times, January 26, 1902.
- London County Council. Parks Committee, Ceremony of opening Little Dorrit's playground, Southwark, on … 25th January, 1902, 1902.
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