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1852 Excerpt: ...be it remembered, are named from the fact, that in
early times the former had a rivulet, now running under ground, and
the latter was then the bank of the Thames Pleasant memories
cluster around the precincts of Fleet-street and its numerous
courts and alleys, for Johnson, Dryden, Cowper, Goldsmith,
Richardson, and Lamb have made these places classic ground.
Booksellers' shops also there were formerly not a few in this
vicinity. Wynkyn de Worde, the celebrated printer, lived at the
sign of the " Falcon," in Fleet-street, and the house over Falcon
Court yet exists with the date, 1667, upon it; Murray, the
successor to Miller, lived here, when he published Irving's Sketch
Book; Byron's Childe Harold, and the earliest Nob. of the Quarterly
Review. The first English tragedy, strictly so called, was printed
at the sign of the Falcon, in 1561. Curll, the eminent publisher,
kept his shop " over against" St. Dunstan's Church, with the sign
of the " Dial and Bible." On the south side of Fleet-street,
between the Temple Gates, may be seen an ancient house, once
occupied by the no less celebrated bookseller Bernard Lintot. The
sign of his shop was the " Cross Keys." Pinson also lived in this
street. Near the junction of Chancery-lane and Fleet-street lived
Cowley, Drayton, and Isaac Walton. The celebrated orientalist, Sir
William Jones, lived in Lamb's-buildings, Temple, which Goldsmith
and Johnson have immortalized by their presence and their pens. The
Rainbow, the Mitre, the Cock, and other celebrated taverns in
Fleet-street and its vicinity, were among the places of most
frequent resort of the literati of those days. Dr. Johnson seems to
have had a fickle fancy for changing his lodgings; it has been
estimated from first to la...
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