The Fantastic Mr Fox

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This splendid fellow has recently appeared on the corner of Beak Street and Bridle Lane.  He reminds us that in the 16th century fox hunting used to take place in the area and since ‘SoHo!’ is an ancient hunting cry, is no doubt the origin of the name by which it became known. As to Bridle Lane, you might think it was so called because of some connection with horses, suggesting a shaded ancient thoroughfare. It is in fact a good deal older than the surrounding streets and the name comes from a local carpenter, Abraham Bridle, who built houses in Gelding Close which backed on to the Lane in the 1680s.

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