Monthly Archives: October 2020

Finsbury Circus

Above: The gardens of Finsbury Circus. Finsbury Circus was laid out as an oval piece of land on the original land that had been Moorfields. The name ‘Finsbury’ come from an ancient manor whose manor house stood just north of … Continue reading

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Moorfields

Above: Part of the Agas map (c1561) showing Moorfields which is labelled ‘More Fyeld’. Moorfields was a large open piece of land on the north side of the old Roman Wall. Because the land was so marshy, it had not … Continue reading

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Great Synagogue, Old Jewry

Above: City Plaque on the east side of Old Jewry. The history of the Jews in England and in London, in particular, is a long and complicated one. The City Plaque recording the site of the Great Synagogue that stood … Continue reading

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Tower 42

Above: An almost unobstructed view of Tower 42 from the junction of Leadenhall Street and Bishopsgate. The ‘wall of glass to the right of the view is the lower floors of new offices called 22 Bishopsgate. This is one of … Continue reading

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Gresham House

Above: City plaque beside Old Broad Street. If you go in search of Gresham’s house – that stood beside Old Broad Street – you will find only a City plaque as evidence of the once enormous property on which is … Continue reading

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Dutch Church, Austin Friars

Above: The Dutch Church which stands on the site of the nave of the old Austin Friars Priory church. The history of the Dutch Church in the City of London goes back to the middle of the 16th century. By … Continue reading

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Austin Friars Priory

Above: Archway leading into the thoroughfare called Austin Friars from Old Broad Street. As we walk around the City of London today, the features that are probably the most noticeable are the tall office blocks. For those who lived in … Continue reading

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Bank of England and Royal Exchange in 1891

“London in 1891” Although the picture shows a scene near the Bank of England in 1891 – almost 130 years ago – anyone who knows this busy junction will have no problem recognising it. Apart from people’s clothes and the … Continue reading

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Bank of England

Above: View from near Mansion House, looking across the road intersection at the Bank of England. Princes Street is on the far left. The Bank of England, familiarly known as ‘the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street’, stands in the City … Continue reading

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Broad Street and Coleman Street Overview

Above: The two wards of Broad Street and Coleman Street that make up the ‘Broad Street’ area of study. They are plotted onto the modern street map with part of the City boundary shown by a thin red line. The … Continue reading

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