Wednesday 30 October
I walked in Seven Dials, Covent Garden. This walk was started from a question ‘Why does it have to be Seven?’. This is a historical bit of why it was made seven that I found on Seven Dials website.
Seven Dials was originally laid out by Thomas Neale, MP in the early 1690’s, who cleverly laid out the area in a series of triangles to maximise the number of houses as rentals were charged per foot of frontage and not per square foot of interiors. The then fashion for squares would have meant far less houses and thus less frontage.
That answers my curiosity very well. I found it was very interesting to walk amongst bits of those triangular blocks and see their different usages and how people inhabit the spaces.