Old Kent Road – Brown

The first, and cheapest, square on a Monopoly board is Old Kent Road. This south London road is mentioned in numerous books about poverty including George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London.

The board starts in the south.

Before crossing the Thames,

Never to return,

To the road where criminals died in gibbets

And where Chaucer’s pilgrims roamed.

Its value,

However poor in game,

Is the richness that lives in spirit of the Orwellian vagabonds past,

And the throng who now make home,

Down the Old Kent Road.

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