Built in 1869, this Tavern was named after the Holborn Viaduct. The tavern, with its beautiful and ornade interior, is a typical Victorian “gin palace”.
The Tavern is widely reputed to be haunted. There have been reports of strange occurrences in the main bar, in which glasses mysteriously getbroken, and drinks either completely disappear or are suddenly moved. Also, it is said that the ghost of a murdered prostitude haunts the ladies toilet, watch out for the lights in the toilet fading suddenly and then going on and off at speed. More ghostly activity is said ti be found in the cellars of the Tavern.
Before the tavern was built, part of the Giltspur Street Compter stood on this site. This was a prison, controlled by sheriffs, which was used mainly for holding debtos (in that time, people were sent to prison for being in debt) – THANK GOD NOT ANYMORE – and other offenders, but also for vagrants and people arrested at night (as watch houses were not allowed to keep prisoners). Some of the original cells from the Giltspur Street Compter can still be found in the basement of the tavern today. The cells are now used for storage, but at one time, they would hold up to sixteen prisioners at a time.
The unfortunate prisioners would beg for food and water through the ventilation grills in the pavement outside. It is in the cellar, where these old prison cells survive, that there have been several reports of a poltergeist (a noisy and aften mischievous spirit). If you would like to see the old cells and are not too afraid of encountering “Fred” (as the poltergeist is known) a member of staff will usully offer to take you down into the ancient cellar and give you a small tour. But please, do not ask if they are busy.
People ask me if I do have a magnet field to CRAZY people with stupidy questions. My answer is: HELLS YEAH!!!!! Doesn’t matter where I work, the Crazy people always comes straight to me.
One day while doing Volunteer work at the British Museum a visitor asked:
Visitor: Can you help me some directions please?
Me: Off course, How can I help you?
Visitor: Do you know how to get to that building that looks like a dildo?
Me (in total disbelieve): Do you mean to Gerkin?
Visitor: If is the one that looks like a dildo yes….
WHERE THIS PEOPLE COMES FROM???? And WHY THE ALWAYS FIND ME???? I will post a story a day about those encounters. Believe me….I have LOTS!!!
Inside the Queens Gallery at the Leonardo do Vinci exhibition, visitor comes to me and ask:
Visitor: Who is Leonardo da Vinci?
Me: He was an Italian artist, an inventor and I even dare to say a cientist.
Visitor: Where does he lives now? Where can I meet him?
Me: Unfortunetly he passed away in 1519.
Visitor: So I can’t meet him?
Me: No. He is dead.
Visitor: And I can’t meet him?
On the entrances into Victoria station shows two tiled maps of train lines from Victoria Station. These date from the days that the station was part of the London Brighton and South Coast Railway (1846 – 1922). This map shows the London Suburban Lines, the other is a map of the system and includes the boats to the continent.
The LB & SCR side of Victoria Station opened on 1 October 1860.
Nothing like the old victorian bits that time to time we are able to see lost between the centuries!!!
The Gates were erected in 1872. The side gates have the letters ICRV, which stand for the Inns of Court Rifle Volunteers. The Inns originally raised a body of troops in 1584 to defend the country against a threatened invasion from Spain. They had various names and in 1859, shortly after the Crimean War, they became the 23rd Middlesex (Inns of Court) Rifle Volunteer Corps. Lt Col Brewster was the first commandant of the ICRV and his name is on the central panel. In their current form, their headquarters is to the northeast of the Lincoln’s Inn site at 10 Stone Buildings.
I have walked pass this gate so so so many times that I shouldn’t say this: I NEVER NOTICE IT before! What worries me even more is the fact that I looked everywhere and couldn’t find nothing about it.
All I have is that the Gate is located at Lincolns Inn, bears the letters I.C.R.V, the word Brewster and the date 1863 and off course, as you can see, the Gate also have two amazing Water pumps now transformed into lovely flower beds.
Do you know anything about this Gate?? Please, feel free to send me an email and tell me all!!!!