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Thomas à Becket Anniversaries

Above: A City Plaque recording the site of the house in which Becket was born, at the corner of Ironmonger Lane with Cheapside. Although the year 2020 has nearly ended, its passing should not go without commenting on the life … Continue reading

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Barbican Centre

Above: The Barbican Centre is on the north side of the larger Barbican Estate. The Barbican Centre is a performing arts centre within the Barbican Estate which is situated towards the NW edge of the boundary of the City of … Continue reading

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Barbican Estate

Above: View looking west from the top of Tower 42 at the Barbican Estate. The three tall blocks of flats are part of the Barbican Estate along with the buildings around those tower blocks (apart from the large office block … Continue reading

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St Giles, Cripplegate

Above: St Giles, Cripplegate, from one of the concrete high walks at the Barbican Estate. The ancient church is now surrounded by a 20th-century concrete ‘jungle’. This is a church with plenty of history and several connections with famous names. … Continue reading

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Wax Chandlers’ Hall

Before getting into the history of this company, it might be a good idea to explain the difference between the Waxchandlers and the Tallow chandlers. Wax chandlers dealt in wax candles – like bees-wax. Tallow chandlers dealt in tallow candles … Continue reading

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Roman Wall – Bastion 12

Above: View looking SE at Bastion 12 across the lake from the remains of the churchyard of St Giles, Cripplegate. Contrary to popular belief, the Roman Wall around the settlement that was known Londinium was not all built at the … Continue reading

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St Lawrence, Jewry

Above: Church of St Lawrence, Jewry, standing at the SW corner of Guildhall Yard. The earliest documented mention of the church was 1198 as ‘St Lawrence in the Jewry’, so-called from the district being largely inhabited by Jews at that … Continue reading

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Midland Bank, Poultry

Above: Looking west towards Poultry with the elegant old bank building on the right. The Midland Bank PLC was one of the Big Four banking groups in the United Kingdom for most of the 20th century. It was founded as … Continue reading

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Cheapside – Modern Times

Above: Looking west along Cheapside with the fine tower of St Mary le Bow in the centre of the view. The street market in Cheapside is assumed to have started in Saxon times, continuing into the medieval period. The market … Continue reading

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Cheapside – A Medieval Market

Above: The name ‘Cheapside’ as it appears on the Copper Engraving (c1550). We also catch a glimpse of the Elizabethan houses that lined the street. “Mini Lecture” As you walk around the City today, several features distract your attention. The … Continue reading

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