LESSER KNOWN LANDMARKS OF TRINOVANT
Lesser known landmarks Of Trinovant
Trinovant, the capital of Albion, is full of grand sights for all sightseers. For the discerning, however, it has many charming diversions to delight and entertain.
The Bell of St Bruno
St Bruno’s Church in Eastgate is unremarkable – except for its solitary bell. Twice the height of a man, it has never been rung. The gift of an anonymous donor in 1793, all attempts to ring it have failed. Over the years it has been struck, shaken, rattled and hammered, without making a sound. Try your luck!
The Old Bridge Inn
The Old City Bridge was replaced by the New City Bridge in 1854, but if you look on the south bank of the river you will find the Old Bridge Inn. Built in 1658, it is actually part of the only remaining pier of the Old City Bridge. Although it is dark and cramped, the view of the river is unparalleled!
Trinovant has many fine parks, but the most overlooked is in Hollystead. The tiny Hunter’s Park is now but a fraction of the size it once was, when it was the favourite deer-hunting park of King Peter III. The oak in the centre of the park has a seat where the aforementioned king would sit and take his midday ale.
Mrs Filbin’s Tearooms
In the heart of the city, on the corner of Dowager Street and Farthing Lane, one can find Mrs Filbin’s Tearooms – a favourite haunt of artists. The walls are decorated with countless sketches and caricatures of the rich and famous, most given to Mrs Filbin in lieu of payment. It is said that the walls are now worth more than the building itself.
Statue of Baron Verulam
In front of the imposing Royal Society for Magic building is the statue of Baron Verulam, one of the most important thinkers in the history of magic. It is said that rubbing his right shoe will bring good luck, which accounts for the bright polish on that foot, while the other is black with age.
The Homhowe Pillar
In a courtyard at the rear of St Michael’s Hospital in Sowgate is a tall, iron pillar. Records show that the hospital was built around it in 1578, but apart from that, its origin is totally unknown. The word ‘Homhowe’, incised near the top of the thirty-feet-tall column, is unknown in any language.
The Monument to the Great Vinegar Flood
At midnight on the sixth of June, 1812, in the dockside Coburn Street, a gigantic vat of vinegar burst, flooding the neighbourhood as a rooftop-high wave rolled through the streets. Fourteen people died, drowned and pickled in their beds. The poignant stone monument marks the spot of the vinegar vat.