Merlin Street, EC1R

Place Name

Named after the New Merlin’s Cave public house. The Merlin’s Cave, Rosoman Street was a tavern standing in the fields near the New River Head which had large pleasure gardens, featuring a “Merlin’s Cave” or grotto and a skittle ground. The inn was built circa 1735 and was very popular but the gardens were built over around 1833. Called Merlin’s Place until 1928.


Merlin’s Cave, Clerkenwell, the site of a public house that traded under the name of the wizard of Arthurian legend as featured on Rocque’s map

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