St. Johns Lane

Finsbury, Clerkenwell (EC1) Here are the remains of an Elizabethan house, with the sign of the Baptist's Head (probably in compliment to Sir Baptist Hicks) ; it is said to have been frequented by Samuel Johnson and Oliver Goldsmith, in their transactions with Cave, the printer, at St. John's Gate. In the taproom is a fine old armorial chimney-piece, engraved in Archer's Vestiges of Old London, part iii. (Reference: Timbs's Curiosities of London, p. 237)