Farringdon Without History of the Most Interesting Places, Leading Events; and Some Account of the Eminent Men connected therewith, since the year 1600

Francis, Adolphus Decimus

1870

Snow Hill

, Formerly Snore Hill, has well-nigh disappeared beneath the improvements daily progressing in this locality. It is well to note that in Angel Court was opened, in , the first mint for the issue of farthing and halfpenny coins, which were composed of hardened tin. In the same house was subsequently carried on the business of the Hand-inHand Insurance Office, one of the earliest establishments of the kind founded in England.

John Bunyan died on Snow Hill--by turns, tinker, soldier, and preacher, he was for doing his master's businesspreaching to a congregation of Baptists at Bedford, thrown into prison, where he lay twelve years; here he composed the finest and most popular allegory, " The Pilgrim's Progress," that adorns our tongue. It may be incidentally noted, that although Bunyan was a self-educated man,

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this work contains, next to the Bible, more pure Saxon words than any book written in English. At No. 41 lived William Godwin, bookseller, and author of "Caleb Williams."