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St Mary Axe, 30 from Mile End Road

Above: Looking in a westerly direction along Mile End Road at the Gherkin (Click image to enlarge to 1024×640). When 30 St Mary Axe was being constructed, many members of the public took a real interest in watching the large … Continue reading

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St Mary Axe, 30 from Lower Road

Above: Looking towards the City of London in Lower Road (Click image to enlarge to 1024×640). When the unusual offices called 30 St Mary Axe – better known to most people as ‘The Gherkin’ – were completed in 2003,  there … Continue reading

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Roman Girl Buried near the Gherkin

Above: Modern stone marking the site of the reburial of the girl found near the site of the Gherkin. Of recent years there have been three finds of Roman skeletons discovered – one within the area of Spitalfields, one in … Continue reading

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St Andrew Undershaft

Above: View of the church beside St Mary Axe (Street). Leadenhall Street crosses the view at the bottom of the picture. This church stands at the southern end of the street called St Mary Axe. As with many of the … Continue reading

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St Mary Axe, 30 (Gherkin)

Above: Looking west from Mile End Road towards the City in April 2018. The Gherkin (just over a mile away) appears in front of the taller Leadenhall Building (Cheesegrater). Just to the right is 22 Bishopsgate under construction. The building … Continue reading

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St Mary Axe (Street)

Above: The current street nameplate. If you are wondering why the title shows the word ‘Street’ in brackets, it is because there is a street called ‘St Mary Axe’ which was so-named because there was a church standing in the … Continue reading

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Bevis Marks Synagogue

Above: The synagogue standing in a courtyard off the south side of Bevis Marks. The very first synagogue built by the returning Jews to England was the Bury Street Synagogue (of which there is a separate blog), built at the … Continue reading

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Great Synagogue, Duke’s Place

Above: Plaque commemorating the site of the Great Synagogue. It is situated on the south side of Duke’s Place at the southern end. In addition to the first wave of Sephardic Jews to come to England in 1656, another wave … Continue reading

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Bury Street Synagogue

Above: City Plaque at the corner of Bury Street and Creechurch Lane. The story of the Jews in London – as well as other parts of England – is a long and complicated one. In the first place, Jews came over … Continue reading

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Minories – Roman Eagle (Statue)

Above: A Roman statue of an eagle and snake found at Minories. Ever since Victorian times, observant antiquarians have noticed objects of historical interest in the ground, usually on building sites in the City. When Leadenhall Market was last built, … Continue reading

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