Victorian London - Directories - Dickens's Dictionary of London, by Charles Dickens, Jr., 1879 - "Charing Cross"

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Charing Cross is a position rather than a place, and may be described as the triangular piece of roadway where Parliament-street runs into the south side of Trafalgar-square. It is the centre of London, the point from which distances are measured. A line drawn north and south through it may be said to separate the London of pleasure and fashion from that of work and business. Of the original cross no vestige remains, not even a stone to mark where it stood. It stands reproduced in front of the Charing-cross Hotel, and one cannot but regret that so beautiful an object should be placed there instead of in the centre of the wide roadway looking down Parliament-street.(See also TRAFALGAR-SQUARE.)

Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879