A fitting end to this post and this first foray into Clerkenwell comes once again from the pen of Peter Ackroyd: "So the secret life of Clerkenwell like its well, goes very deep. Many of its inhabitants seem to have imbibed the quixotic and fevered atmosphere of the area: somehow by being beyond the bars of the city, strange existences are allowed to flourish." (1)
I didn't come across any particularly unusual characters during my wanderings, but I like to imagine some of the bizarre lives that may be being lived behind some of these windows.
(1) Ackroyd, Peter, London the Biography