Saturday, 14 January 2012

Goswell Road: The Saturday Street

The Saturday Street is our weekly series in which we unlock the stories behind the names of London's famous thoroughfares. It's compiled by London Walks guide Karen – listed by Travel + Leisure magazine as The World's Greatest Tour Guide. You can find Karen on Saturdays guiding her Old Westminster and British Museum walks. If you've got a London street query or suggestion, email Karen at the usual address

Goswell Road, EC1
The Borough of Islington & The City of London

Takes its name from a garden named Goswelle owned by the Earl of Suffolk. Mr Pickwick lodged here in Dickens’s The Pickwick Papers (when it was known as Goswell Street), but the road is most comment worthy as the thoroughfare that scuppers the old chestnut about there being “No roads in The City of London”, i.e. no highways named “road”. In truth Goswell Road cuts through the north eastern corner of The Square Mile.


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