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On Reflection

In a historical context, it's easier to imagine why Clerkenwell Green is called what it is but I have never seen a less green space. In its current incarnation, it looks like a glorified car park surrounded by shops, offices and the odd greasy spoon. The Sessions House is covered in scaffolding, probably undergoing repairs, but it does look as if could have been around when Dickens was. Walking from the Sessions House, you are mainly shadowed by the spire of St Johns Church which has been there since 1100 so although Dickens doesn't mention it, it's likely it was there when he was. Walking up the small, winding road to the church, it is easier to imagine Mr Brownlow being pick pocketed as the Dickens said that it happened in a 'narrow court' Back the square, there is little to see of greenery than the odd tree or window box but there is a feeling of commerce in the air and I could imagine the Mr Brownlow scene here despite the constant noise from the road. I think this is one of the locations Dickens might have felt more at home in and hasn't changed so much since he wrote. (Except the cars!)

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