Mermaid Street lies
in the heart of a Conservation Area with delightful Georgian and
half-timbered houses, cobbled streets, pretty harbour and quirky shops.
It is storybook lovely, with cobbles running steeply downhill and
historic houses either side.
It is home to the famous Mermaid
Inn, which is one of England’s oldest and is stuffed with four posters
and secret passageways.Turn the corner and there is Lamb House, home of E
F Benson when he was writing his
novels, and earlier by Henry James, who wrote three masterpieces there,
The Wings of a Dove, The Ambassadors and The Golden Bowl. It is now in
the hands of the National Trust.
Augustus: This is August Plumb; you are listening to the Perpetual
Broadcasting Corporation. Of course, it
is holiday time, and across Paris, we begin celebrating the month-long lead up
to our Platypus Eve, a distinctly Parisian holiday now celebrated across the
globe, observing the hatching of the Great Recitating Platypus of the North,
the platypus, of course, believed by generations of French schoolchildren, to
visit them when illness strikes, recite poetry while they sleep, thereby
restoring them to health by the time they wake.