My Impressions

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What I wrote in London

Though the surrounding area of Saffron Hill is mainly built up with glass and metal, the One Tun is an insight into the kind of pub Dickens might have known. It is decorated in black and gold with a large barrel set into the side. I thought it had the look of a Victorian Pub although there were builders doing work outside blocking the view. Dickens is known to have patronized the One Tun from 1833 to 1838 so he would have studied the shadowy figures who came in here to do business. It is one of the locations I have chosen that acknowledges the fact that it was part of the narrative of Oliver Twist. There is a plaque below the window that tells its connection which is rather nice to know it is the right place. It is a bit of an insight into Dickens' world and a Victorian pub in the sea of 21st century metal construction.

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On Reflection

Many of the locations have little in common with the places that Dickens would have known when he was alive, but this location still has a feeling of what it might have been like. The One Tun is what I would imagine to be a proper Victorian pub. Approaching it, you are surrounded by glass and new buildings along the length of Saffron Hill but The One Tun looks very different. The building is made of dark red brick with a barrel set into the front. The large windows at the front are covered in shiny black paint and the lettering on the sign is in gold. Written below, in large letters, is the story of Dickens' connection with the pub, which they are rightly proud of. Looking inside the windows, the pub still looks rather imposing although surrounded by reflected sunlight from the modern offices. Even though it looks like its stuck in time, daily work still continues outside with builders in their white van making it difficult to see the whole pub in one photo. On the whole, I think that Dickens wouldn't have been surprised by the public house itself but probably more surprised by the change of surroundings from slums to shiny glass.

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