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City Views from St Paul’s Churchyard

The City of London is becoming so filled with tall buildings that views across the Square Mile are becoming increasingly rare. Now and then, you walk across the familiar ground in the City and suddenly notice a view that either … Continue reading

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Alexandra Bridge Shields

Above: One of the original lattice girders of the Alexandra Bridge at the southern end of the bridge that was photographed in its rusty state, before being restored. The Alexandra Bridge was a lattice girder bridge that was not attractive … Continue reading

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Alexandra Bridge

Above: An old Google aerial view of the three bridges (left to right) – Blackfriars Bridge; Alexandra Bridge (only the pillars); and Blackfriars Railway Bridge (in its original state). This view was taken before work to relocate Blackfriars Station onto … Continue reading

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Van Dyke, Anthony at Blackfriars

The exact location of the house in which Van Dyke lived is not known but it stood on the land once owned by the Blackfriars. The above map shows the old site of the Blackfriars’ Priory. It is taken from … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, William – House at Blackfriars

Above: City Plaque on the wall on the west side of St Andrew’s Lane, at the junction with Ireland Yard. According to a document, in March 1613 “William Shakespeare of Stratford vpon Avon in the countie of Warrwick” and three … Continue reading

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Blackfriars Theatre

Above: The modern street name is a reminder of a theatre that once stood at Blackfriars. The subject of London’s theatres and particularly their locations is an interesting one. We need to remind ourselves that in the early days of … Continue reading

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St Anne, Blackfriars

Above: Masonry above the old doorway. If you walk south along the passageway called Church Entry, having entered from Carter Lane, you will find a doorway on the east side (on your left walking down). Above the decorated stone arch … Continue reading

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Church Entry

Above: Looking south from the junction with Carter Lane at the alleyway called Church Entry. This alleyway leads south from Carter Lane but it derives its unusual name from being on the line of the join between the choir and … Continue reading

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Blackfriars’ Priory, Carter Lane

Above: City Plaque mounted on a wall in Carter Lane. The name Blackfriars was a nickname, used by everyday folk who saw the friars walking about in the City of London. Because various friars wore cloth that was black, white … Continue reading

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Panyer Alley

Above: An old stone showing the figure of a naked boy sitting on a pannier (or basket). Although there is a Panyer Alley street sign on a wall at one of the entrances to St Paul’s underground station, it is … Continue reading

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