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"I've given up my life to a sleazy cheat and serial liar; It is foolish to wish for beauty. Sensible people never either desire it for themselves or care about it in others. If the mind be well cultivated and the heart well disposed, no one ever cares for the exterior." ---Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte (1820-1849)


Anne Brontë - portrait originally painted by her sister Charlotte Brontë, in June 1834

Brontë Country Video

Inspiration for Dickens' 'The Old Curiosity Shop'

Advert For H. Poole Waste Paper Dealer

H. Poole, waste paper dealer, is advertised on this leaflet as trading from a small cottage in Portsmouth Street, off the South West corner of Lincoln's Inn Fields. This building dates back to the 16th century, making it the oldest shop in London. It is believed to have been the inspiration for Charles Dickens’ novel ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’, Dickens knew the area well and would have shopped in the Care Market, which was where the shop stood. Today the shop is a listed building, for a while it was used to sell antiques however at the moment it is empty. 

The British Library
26 March 2009

'The Golden Axe', at the corner of St Mary Axe & Bevis Marks, near Bishopsgate

The British Library

  • Subjects: Carbon PrintEC3Bevis MarksCharles DickensThe Old Curiosity Shop
  • Publication Details: 12-09-2008
  • Description: Henry Dixon photographed buildings of Victorian London threatened with demolition for the Society... Creator: Dixon, Henry (1820 - 1892); Medium: Photographic print; Date: 1883; Shelfmark: Tab.700.b.3; Item number: 79; Genre: Photograph; Exhibition: Early Photographically Illustrated Books;

Victorian Books