19th December 2012, Clink Street, London
Clink Street was, in medieval times, home to the Bishops of Winchester. Best known for operating the local prostitutes, their other worldly duties included running the Clink, London's medieval prison, after which the street is named. In later years the shoreline filled with wharfs that could load and unload directly from the river. Later, a second row of wharfs was built on our side of the street, connecting to the riverside wharfs with overhead bridges. (The photo left is from around 1950.)
These days our wharf building is home to the Clink Prison Museum and in summer, when the windows are open, Gregorian chant wafts up from the museum entrance below. Our workshops occupy the floor above, the one with the white barn doors. If you ever visit us, our entrance is via the blue steel doors in the alleyway you see to the left. If you're planning a heist, you'll be out of luck - all the valuable stock is in safe deposit at the bank.