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What I wrote in London

Hatton Gardens is one of the locations where you can still feel the air of selling of goods near Saffron Hill. Not far from Saffron Hill itself, are large quantities of shops, buying or selling jewellery and many more sharp looking characters carrying out a transactions. As we went through it, we saw a rather 'Fagin' looking character going over the zebra crossing with a wispy white beard and suit. Maybe Fagin on a well dressed day! The gardens which are not gardens at all, are, as I said full of shops, and one of them at 54, which seems now to be a design shop. The white door is very unlike what was there when Dickens was there I imagine but the shape of the house and the one next door gives you an idea of where poor Oliver was brought. A S Laing or Mr Fang would have presided here in the courtroom and I think it was probably a lot darker inside then than the glass and open fronted window now.

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On Reflection

Turning down a narrow street from Saffron Hill, we suddenly find ourselves in the jewellers district of Hatton Garden, now famous as the place to buy jewellery. Although, there is a much a cleaner way of dealing than in Dickens day, there is still an air of buying and selling you can't experience in the remains of Field Lane, though the districts seems to have shifted a couple of streets. Windows are filled with jewels and behind them, smart sellers making sales or buying more stock. We came across several shady figures which I had no problem associating in my head with Fagin but perhaps a little better dressed. The Hatton Gardens street is very wide in comparison to others and very long so it takes us some time to find 54, home to Mr Fang's magistrates court. There is little to remind you of the room Dickens describes in the building that now stands. It is a polished and white fronted shop with a very open air on the inside. The building itself is older and on the door, they say that the building was built in the 1800s. It is now a design shop and there is little to suggest its history but it is amazing how much it has changed since Dickens wrote about it.

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