19th century view
This photo shows the house at 78 West Street owned by Henry Thrale and his wife. In the 18th century, they played host to many literary guests, including Dr Johnson. There are seven tie-posts for horses outside the house. One of these is still in place in 2004.
20th century view
In this photo, Chatfield’s hotel stands on the site now occupied by the Walkabout backpackers’ hostel. The tallest building is owned by the Ritz Roller Rink and stands on the site of the Thrale’s house. The bay-fronted house beyond that is unchanged in all three photos.
21st century view
This photo shows West Street, and the site of a house which was often visited by Dr Samuel Johnson. A blue plaque now marks the spot.