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St Mary le Bow

Above: View looking west in Cheapside at the magnificent tower of St Mary le Bow. The phrase ‘Born within the sound of Bow Bells’ is one that many people have heard. ‘Bow Bells’ simply means the church bells of St … Continue reading

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Swan Marker and Swans (Statue)

Above: The unusual statue standing on the pavement, just a few feet from the entrance to the church of St James, Garlickhythe. The unusual bronze statue is just a short distance from the church of St James, Garlickhythe. It was … Continue reading

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St James, Garlickhythe

Above: View of the church from Upper Thames Street on a misty morning. The dual carriageway carries traffic within feet of the south wall of the church. This ancient parish church is dedicated to St James the Great. James, the son … Continue reading

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Cordwainer (Statue)

Above: The bronze statue is situated on the pavement in Watling Street. The word cordwainer has almost dropped out of the English language – along with the names of several other tradesmen. How many people say ‘I popped into the baker’s … Continue reading

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Vintry and Cordwainer Overview

This overview relates to two City Wards – Vintry and Cordwainer. Their original outlines are shown with red dotted lines on the Google map, with which most people are familiar these days. The boundary of the City of London is … Continue reading

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Innholders’ Hall

Above: The hall standing on the south side of College Street. Dowgate Hill is in the distance on the far left. Innholders were quite simply the owners of an inn. In Norman times most pilgrims and anyone else who needed … Continue reading

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Dyers’ Hall

Above: The Dyers’ Hall, on the west side of Dowgate Hill. Most people know what dyers do. Not only were there professionals experimenting with dyeing cloth and wool but many private individuals used to try their hand at dyeing and they … Continue reading

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