Maiden Lane, Covent Garden

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Maiden Lane showing Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church.

Maiden Lane is a street in Covent Garden, London, that runs from Bedford Street in the west to Southampton Street in the east. The painter J. M. W. Turner was born in the street in 1775.

History[edit]

The immediate vicinity of Maiden Lane.

The street is based on an ancient track that ran through the Convent Garden to St. Martin's Lane. According to Isaac D'Israeli, the street was named after a statue of the Virgin Mary that once stood in the street. It was built up from 1631 to 1728. In 1727–28, Voltaire stayed at the White Wig Inn while he was exiled from Paris. The painter J.M.W. Turner was born above his father's barber shop at number 21 in 1775.[1]

The British Socialist Party established their offices at 21a Maiden Lane. This premises was taken over by the Communist Party of Great Britain during their first year of existence.

Buildings[edit]

Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church is located in the street. The restaurant Rules is at No. 34.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hibbert, Christopher; Ben Weinreb; John Keay; Julia Keay. (2010). The London encyclopaedia. London: Pan Macmillan. p. 521. ISBN 978-0-230-73878-2.

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Coordinates: 51°30′39″N 0°07′22″W / 51.5107°N 0.1229°W / 51.5107; -0.1229