Category Archives: /City-Billingsgate

Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race

Above: The large sign outside the Doggett’s Coat and Badge pub. It stands next to Blackfriars Bridge. The pub has no connection with the race other than the race passes it on the Thames, on the way to the end-point … Continue reading

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Billingsgate Market (Old) and the Sailing Barge

Above: View from London Bridge of Old Billingsgate Market with the unusual sight of a Thames sailing barge moored in front of it (Click on image to enlarge to 1024×640). The Old Billingsgate Market building is a splendid sight at … Continue reading

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Gracechurch Street

Above: Looking north along Gracechurch Street from the southern end. The history of Gracechurch Street is actually related to the construction of a bridge across the Thames by the Romans, to connect Londinium (on the north bank) with the southern … Continue reading

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Wells Fargo, 33 King William Street

Above: A Wells Fargo coach on show in the window of the new premises. If you grew up in a house that had black and white television, you probably watched the many ‘cowboys and Indians’ films on ‘the box’. They … Continue reading

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Legal Quays

Above: Part of the Agas map, c1561, showing the Legal Quays. London Bridge acted as a barrier to sailing ships wanting to moor on the Thames near the City of London. This was true in the days of the Romans … Continue reading

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St Mary at Hill (Church)

Above: Looking north at the western end of the church in Lovat Lane, which includes its tower. The title says ‘St Mary at Hill (Church)’ because there is also a street with exactly the same name that we will call ‘St … Continue reading

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Coal Exchange

Above: A picture made of the Coal Exchange in 1849, the year it was opened. Coal had been imported to London by sea since at least medieval times. As times moved on into the 19th century, it is hard to … Continue reading

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Monument in 1891

“London in 1891” This is an easy location to identify but the view today has also undergone drastic changes. The position of the artist, when he drew the picture was on the east corner of Gracechurch Street where it joins … Continue reading

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Billingsgate Dock

Above: A small part of a map of 1754 showing the position of Billingsgate Dock to London Bridge. In telling the history of this location, it might be best if we start with the name ‘Billingsgate’ before moving on to … Continue reading

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Lower Thames Street

Above: Looking east along Lower Thames Street on a sunny morning, about 7.00 am in the morning. Billingsgate Market was still in use and the lorries were still being loaded with boxes of fish, on their way to local fishmongers. … Continue reading

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