Canon 1dsii Victoria Album 1


Victoria, London, September 2017

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Henry Purcell 1659 - 1695

Henry Purcell 1659 - 1695

He is generally considered to be one of the greatest English composers; no other native-born English composer approached his fame until the 20th century.

Purcell was born in St Ann's Lane, Old Pye Street Westminster – the area of London later known as Devil's Acre

The Devil's Acre was a notorious slum near Westminster Abbey in Victorian London.[2] The Devil's Acre was on and behind Old Pye Street, Great St Anne's Lane (now St Ann's Street) and Duck Lane (now St Matthew Street) in the parish of Westminster St Margaret and St John.

In the 19th century it was considered one of the worst areas of London — in 1850 Charles Dickens called it The Devil's Acre in Household Words. In the same year the term slum was popularised by England and Wales's Cardinal Wiseman based at Westminster Cathedral adjoining the area, when his description of it was widely quoted in the national press.

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Near Henry Purcell's memorial:

Christchurch Gardens

Established in 1640 to provide additional burial space for nearby St Margaret's, part of the site was designated as a plague pit in 1665 and is now a public garden. Also buried here is the Crown jewels thief, Colonel Thomas Blood, although he died somewhat later in 1680.