Modern Clerkenwell is home to 10% of Britain's architects. That's
down to its dual heritage as a centre of stroppiness and of design. Here we'll find the Karl Marx library, ruins of medieval priories and rank prisons. Creepy Clerkenwell might today boast yuppie apartments to die for, but this is an ancient London suburb once described by Henry James as black with the weariness of prolonged human suffering.
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