Saturday, February 16, 2008
Aside from the bicycle lock sleeved in blue plastic, this gate could happily feature in a corner of a Piranesi print of antique ruins. It was once the entrance to the now-defunct Tower Theatre, next door to Canonbury Tower, a tall and brick-built Tudor tower built during the reign of Henry VII for William Bolton, Prior of St Bartholomew. Sir Francis Bacon once lived there (and died after catching a chill while experimenting with preserving chickens by stuffing them with snow), as did playwright Oliver Goldsmith, and Washington Irving. It now houses the Masonic Research Centre.