Our Little Italy

1 Little Saffron Hill, Now 1 Herbal Hill

The Leonardi’s home still stands today, although many of the other dwellings have long since been knocked down.  

It seems odd that this building is still standing after so many changes in the area.  Clerkenwell has become an affluent, “up and coming” area, providing offices, amenities and luxury penthouse apartments for professional people who seek to live and work in the heart of the City of London.

There are two plaques on one of the house’s blackened brick walls.

One plaque reads :

“This is the boundary of the Parish of St Andrew, Holborn Eastwards and 18 feet from the Base

of this wall is the boundary of the said Parish Northward. 1804.”

The other plaque states :

“The Commissioner of Sewers Holborn and Finsbury Division.”

After some investigation I discovered that this old house was in fact a Grade II Listed Building.   

It is described in English Heritage’s listing as follows:  

Herbal Hill (South East side) Nos. 1 and 2. Includes: No. 11 Ray Street. Two houses, now offices, built circa 1804.

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Little did the Leonardi’s know that their house would be preserved for posterity.

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