Villiers Street

Strand (WC2) Stands on the site of Old Hungerford Market, and is named from the Villiers, Dukes of Buckingham, on the site of whose princely mansion it is erected. Here Charles Dickens when a boy worked at a blacking factory for two miserable years, at a salary of six or seven shillings a week, while his father and mother and several of their children were in the Marshalsea. To the associations of the blacking factory we owe Fagin, the Artful Dodger, and Mr. Sweedlepipe. Evelyn and Steele lived in this street, and, more recently, Rudyard Kipling.