This area is part of up-and-coming Hackney in East London.  The best way to get around is on the new East London line…. alight at Haggerston Station and stop for a reviving brew at the Haggerston Expresso Room (13 Downham Road, N1 5AA).  Continue on round the corner to have a look at the plaque and then weather permitting you’ll want to continue your stroll along Mortimer Road to the beautiful De Beauvoir Square (you did get that coffee to take away didn’t you?!).    For lunch, the best kept secret in the area is Vietnamese restaurant Huong-Viet (12-14 Englefield Road, N1 4LS, 12pm to 3pm and 5.30pm to 11pm only).  This restaurant looks rather bizarre from the outside (it’s an old community centre) but don’t be put off….  Keep your wits about you and enjoy the atmosphere, the rather cramped but friendly style and especially the food.  For a post meal drink, the wonderful Talbot pub (109 Mortimer Road, N1 4JY) has friendly service, a great selection of drinks and plenty of comfortable style.

Philip Henry Gosse was a 19th century English naturalist, author, inventor and popularizer of natural science.  His most famous work was Omphalos, an attempt to reconcile the growing credibility of scientific geology with the biblical account of creation.  In his early life Gosse travelled and lived in Newfoundland and other parts of Canada, variously attempting farming ventures and developing his skills as a naturalist.  Returning to England, he began to write and, becoming more financially stable, married in 1848.  Edmund Gosse was the only son of Philip Gosse and Emily Bowes.  Following Emily’s untimely death from breast cancer in 1857, Edmund lived in Devon with his father, a relationship which became increasingly strained as the boy grew older.  This culminated in a cutting of ties when Edmund was 18 and was documented in one of his books, Father and Son.   Edmund went on to become an influential figure in the worlds of art and literature in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  He was married with 3 children.

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