This fearsome creature has been hanging in the dark rafters of the shop for almost a century, its clawed hands frozen in the act of swimming. Founder J.E. “Daddy” Standley declared that he received it from a fisherman named Smith, who shot it at the beginning of the twentieth century off the shores of Duckabush, Washington.
The Old Curiosity, Holborn, London, London's oldest shop
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Free things to do: The old Curiosity Shop is said to be the inspiration behind the Charles Dicken's novel of the same name. The building was built in 1567 and is considered to be the oldest shop in central London. It was one of the few building to survive the Great Fire of London in 1666. It is amazing it survived as it's made of wood from ships,