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Locations - Brasenose Lane

 

"Why I "drag in" Brasenose Lane, like Velasquez, at this particular point, is that I have reason to remember its cobbles well. We loved to pass with beating hearts along that gloomy couloir, pause on its protuberant cobbles, and point out to each other the precise window behind which, on that fatal Sunday night, the members of the Hell Fire Club (Oxford branch) were holding their unhallowed orgies when the blackest sinner of the crew expired on the floor in strong convulsions, while, out- side, a strayed reveller was witness of the Devil himself, horned and hoofed and of portentous stature, extracting the wretched man's soul slowly through the bars, as a seaside tripper might extract a winkle from its shell with a pin. There was always a thrill waiting for you in that little street; and though much of its terror has passed away, especially since they asphalted it, I should not much like, even at this day, to pass along Brasenose Lane at midnight."

[left] Brasenose Lane, as viewed from the Radcliffe Camera end. The building on the left is Lincoln College and the wall on the right is the boundary wall of Exeter College.


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