Thursday, 11 April 2013
Pope's Head Alley
We decided to pop into a wine bar after work, quite close to the old lanes in the centre of London's city.
The wine bar was in an ex bank head office established after the Great Fire and nowadays reminiscent of an old London coffee house, spacious and discreet.
We were by Pope's Head Alley, which is part of the labyrinthine city area where the rich and highly influential Catholic Lombardian bankers were given special dispensations to continue their faith during the reformation.
King Henry VIII had it renamed as King's Head Alley, but it later changed back in Queen Mary's reign.
Like many of the small alleys around this area, there's a ghost story too. This one is about how a catholic priest fought the devil in the alley - a kind of early P.R. job by the church.
The story now is that if it's dark and you feel the wind on your neck, it's not the wind, but someone with horns and a tail.
High up the wall a stone bust has been installed as protection. Yes, it's a Pope's Head.