Then & Now: A HISTORY OF LONDON'S OLDEST STREETS
HIGH HOLBORN STREET
Many of London's oldest streets were destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666 in which nearly 90 percent of all of the medieval housing within the city's Roman walls were burnt to the ground. Miraculously however, some relics from pre-fire London do remain intact and the oldest known house is located on High Holborn Street. This house is called The Staple Inn, dating all the way back to 1378 when, as the name suggests, it was a collection point for one of Britain's most valuable commodities; wool.
Another fortunate survivor of the Great Fire of London is The Old Curiosity Shop pictured above, to be found still standing and what's more, still in business, on Portsmouth Street. Established in 1567, the shop claims to have inspired Charles Dickens himself, featuring heavily in 'Master Humphrey's Clock' although this is since rumoured to have been untrue.
Though the shop still retains so many of it's carefully preserved original features, you'll find that it's current proprietors have modernised enough to create a website. Here you can indeed still purchase some fascinating curiosities in the form of shoes; bump or hog-toed leather boots to be precise!