St Nicholas Arcade : St Nicholas Street is shown on Speed’s map of 1610 running from Horse Shoe corner to Stonewell . Today St Nicholas arcade stands on the site.
Nicolas Flamel and the Philosophers Stone:
Nicolas Flamel is the only known maker of the Philosopher’s Stone, an object capable of turning metal into gold and granting immortality with its Elixir of Life. At 665 years old, Nicolas and his 658-year-old wife Perenelle certainly make use of the Elixir, but having lived more than six centuries in the wizarding world they favour a quiet life. He was a real person – and was probably born in 1330 in Pontoise, near Paris. Which would indeed make him around 665 at the time of Philosopher’s Stone if he had really had access to Elixir of Life.