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Southwark Bridge New Lighting

Above: Southwark Bridge looking towards St Paul’s Cathedral. Extending along the length of the Thames where bridges cross the river in Inner London, the footpaths and roads alongside were once mainly dark areas – lit only by any available street … Continue reading

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Williamson’s Tavern, Bow Lane

Above: Looking west in Groveland Court at the pub at the end. England is well-known for its ancient and often very picturesque pubs. Over the centuries, London has had its fair share and that also applies to the City. In recent … Continue reading

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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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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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City of London (Year 1)

There are 25 City Wards. The wards are of ancient origin and their number has only changed three times in all the centuries of their existence. In 1206 their number was recorded as 24. In 1394 Farringdon – which had been … Continue reading

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Mansion House Station in 1891

Above: View looking east on the island platform at Mansion House in 1891. It is taken from ‘London City’ published in 1891 by William John Loftie with illustrations by William Luker (Junior). Above: Similar view in 2015, standing on the … Continue reading

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Three Cranes Wharf

Above: The three cranes shown on the Agas map of c1561. “Upper Thames Street” The site of the ancient Three Cranes Wharf was east of Queenhithe (Dock) and it extended for some distance — as can be see on the … Continue reading

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St Michael Paternoster Royal

Above: Looking west at the church from College Street. “Upper Thames Street” The earliest mention of the church was 1219. The site has not changed over the years, but the church would have appeared further up College Hill (once called … Continue reading

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