Monthly Archives: November 2016

Holborn as a Name

The northern ‘edge’ of the streets around Fleet Street is the wider street just called Holborn. The old boundary of the City of London included some of the buildings on the south side of Holborn. The rest of the street … Continue reading

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Fleet Street in History

Above: The decorative sandstone sign on a Victorian building in Fleet Street. The line of Fleet Street has been established for almost two thousand years. It started as part of a Roman road that led from the west side of Londinium, … Continue reading

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Fleet Street on Agas

Above: A small part of the so-called ‘Agas’ map, first published about 1561, showing the land around Fleet Street. The first complete map of Inner London in existence today is actually not a map but a ‘bird’s eye view’ originally … Continue reading

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Fleet, River

Above: Part of a painting by Samuel Scott, about 1750, looking across the Thames at the mouth of the River Fleet. The spire of St Bride’s church is on the left. The City of London evolved into the piece of … Continue reading

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Information Technologists’ Company

Above: The front of the hall in Bartholomew Close. Not a good day to take the picture because the road had just been dug up on the right. The City Companies are still quite a puzzle to many Londoners. In … Continue reading

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Rolls Building

Above: Part of a Google aerial view of the streets north of Fleet Street showing the modern Rolls Building. Located off the west side of Fetter Lane in the City of London, the Rolls Building brings under one roof the … Continue reading

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Public Records Office, Chancery Lane

Above: Looking from the eastern end near Fetter Lane at the library today with its elegant tower. When you have known a building all your life by a particular name, there is always the danger that you continue to use … Continue reading

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