What’s Up with Oxford Street?

Oxford Street is quickly mentioned in “The Blue Carbuncle” when Holmes and Watson are rushing to the Alpha Inn in Bloomsbury. At the inn Holmes questions the landlord about where he got his geese from. The landlord then informs them they that the geese were purchased from Mr. Breckenridge in Covent Garden; a market that still exists today. A quick Google search of “Bloomsbury Alpha Inn” revealed that the Alpha Inn was most likely based on a tavern that is still in service today. The Museum Tavern is a small pub that according to Google Maps has “[c]ask ale, global wines and pub grub in a Victorian interior with carved wood and etched glass.” A quick scan of Google Maps showed that Museum Tavern is directly down Oxford Street fitting perfectly with the storyline and the assumption that the Museum Tavern and the Alpha Inn are on in the same. Oxford Street today is a bustling road filled with numerous shops in the city Westminster. It is said to be one of London’s most active and lively shopping streets. This makes a great deal of sense since according to the “Charles Booth Online Archive” Oxford Street passes through almost exclusively middle to upper class living. Oxford Street also passes through Oxford Circus, an intersection between Oxford Street and Regent Street. An interesting observation came about when I was looking at the London town plan map on Google that shows an extensive map of London from the late 19th century. While looking for Oxford Circus I realized it used to be called Regent Circus. A Wikipedia search only provided that it was constructed in the 19th century and a more extensive search didn’t uncover much about why they renamed it. Overall, Oxford Street wasn’t quit of paramount importance to Holmes and Watson. It merely provided a straight stretch to the Alpha Inn.

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