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Saffron Hill, Middlesex

Historical Description

Saffron Hill, a liberty in Middlesex. It adjoins the liberties of Hatton Garden, Ely Rents, and Ely Place, all forming a dense and central portion of the metropolis, and the four liberties comprise 32 acres; population of the four, 4506. It was formerly a notorious rendezvous of thieves and a nest of receiving houses, and us such it is described by Dickens in his " Oliver Twist," but the whole neighbourhood has been greatly improved of late years. The population includes a large Italian colony.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Middlesex is online.