Dark and Gloomy

Brydges Place
@Ronrybs (7133)
London, England
October 6, 2016 4:25am CST
Dark and gloomy at the best of times, but even more so right now with scaffolding in place as renovation work is done, Brydges Place claims to be London's narrowest alley way. Pinching to only 15 inches across at its narrowest point, just enough for one person to squeeze along. The alley stretches 200 yards from St Martin's Lane to Covent Garden. The Marquis of Granby pub backs onto the alley, so you can imagine the fun as folks who have had a beer, or six, try to move along. The Marquis was another pub frequented by Charles Dickens, which makes you wonder how he found the time to write! A few years back an attempt was made to close off the alley to the public. this resulted in a legal proceedings and it was established that the alley was a public right of way and had been since at least the 1950s; so once more you can squeeze along the alley when you please.
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@MALUSE (32662)
• Denmark
6 Oct 16
"...just enough for one person..." You've forgotten to add 'slim'! :-) Has it happened that fat people got stuck in the alley?
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@Ronrybs (7133)
• London, England
6 Oct 16
I did wonder about that, but couldn't find any record online
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@MALUSE (32662)
• Denmark
6 Oct 16
@Ronrybs The nearest police precinct may be able to answer.
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@Ronrybs (7133)
• London, England
6 Oct 16
@MALUSE Something like that always makes the tabloids here!
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@JudyEv (100439)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Oct 16
We came across quite a narrow alley in Venice. We had to drag our bags behind because it was so narrow.
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@Ronrybs (7133)
• London, England
6 Oct 16
As long as it wasn't under water!
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@JudyEv (100439)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Oct 16
@Ronrybs No, it wasn't but later when it rained the big main square was covered in water.
@teamfreak16 (36311)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
6 Oct 16
I'd love to hang out in a bar frequented by Dickens.
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@Ronrybs (7133)
• London, England
6 Oct 16
I've a plan to visit all his London haunts, still have a ways to go!
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@teamfreak16 (36311)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
6 Oct 16
@Ronrybs - Looking forward to reading about them.
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@Tampa_girl7 (21603)
• United States
9 Oct 16
I think it might make me feel a bit claustrophobic to walk through it.
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@Ronrybs (7133)
• London, England
10 Oct 16
I didn't fancy it with all the overhead work going on
• Preston, England
6 Oct 16
I think i'd get stuck
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@Ronrybs (7133)
• London, England
6 Oct 16
another good reason I didn't venture along it!
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@marlina (62066)
• Canada
6 Oct 16
You would never catch me there, that's for sure!
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@Ronrybs (7133)
• London, England
6 Oct 16
A couple of people used it while I was standing there
• China
6 Oct 16
Maybe both the narrow alley way and the pub's claim to fame is that it is the place frequented by Charles Dickens .People sit in the pub drinking in the atmosphere.
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@Ronrybs (7133)
• London, England
6 Oct 16
I've been busy visiting pubs that Dickens had visited. I have not managed them all, yet!
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@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
6 Oct 16
Wow I didn't expect it to be so long, I thought it would just be a quick squeeze between two buildings!
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@Ronrybs (7133)
• London, England
6 Oct 16
Me too, it doesn't look much from where I was standing. I've not actually walked it to make sure that it is that long
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