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What I wrote in London

Although the building Dickens would have seen was very different, the area where Angel still is, is buzzing with traffic coming in and out of city of London. Emerging from the quiet country roads or underground station, Angel, you are caught up in the sound of the traffic and the bustle of the street. The current building which was used as a Lyon Corner House, now houses a Co-op bank and almost every building bears the name of Angel or The Angel. This is where Oliver is brought into town after dark and although I saw it in the brightness of day, the area would have been a shock to the system of any country boy. The surrounding area is now mainly officeblocks and men in suits walk in and out of the way alongside older buildings the glass fronted blacks stick out reater like a sore thumb. If this was the entry to London in Dickens' time, it hasn't changed in the volume of people but the modes of transport have changed. Coaches have been replaced by cars and buses but you still get a sense of the change from country to city. And how Oliver will have felt with so much going on and going through it so fast with Dodger.

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On Reflection

Dickens describes Angel as the place where suburbs end and the city of London begins. And although there is no particular entry sign into London now, you still get the impression that people are travelling into the city in the same way they did when Dickens was alive. The Angel where Dodger brings Oliver past at 11 is now a Co-op bank and little of the coaching inn Dickens would have known is left. The building is a rather embellished golden stoned building and sticks out from the other buildings as it has a rather triumphant dome on top. The building is on one of the four edges of the cross roads going in different directions. Opposite is office blocks and resterants covered in glass and the pavement is full of business making their way to meetings. Arriving by tube you understand very quickly how like a fish out of water, Oliver would have felt like. The volume of people and traffic overcome everything and become all you think about. Although we only get mention of Angel in passing, Dickens obviously thought it was an important location to mention as a sign that you were going into the city of London. The building called The Angel represents the gateway to the city and makes you know you are now there.

'They crossed from the Angel into St John's Road; struck down the small street which terminates at Sadler's Wells Theatre;'

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'through Exmouth Street and Coppice Row; down the little court by the side of the workhouse;'

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