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As an aside it is interesting to note that there are no actual “roads” in the City of London – they are all streets, walkways, passageways alleys/alleyways etc.
I looked into this further and found the following on http://londonist.com/2012/08/why-theres-not-a-single-road-in-the-city-of-london –
“One of the greatest pieces of trivia you ever hear about the City of London is that it contains no Roads. There are plenty of Streets, Squares and Alleys, but traditionally not a single Road. This is only true on a technicality of wording, however.
The Square mile survived for hundreds of years without any Roads right up until boundary changes in 1994. At that time, the eastern half of Goswell Road was brought – reluctantly we’re told – under the jurisdiction of the City, while the western half remained in the Borough of Islington.
As the boundary runs down the middle of the Road pedants might argue that this is still, technically, means that there isn’t a single Road within the City of London merely a half-road. The other candidate is City Road, but this stops just short of the boundary.
The reason for the historic anomaly, in case you’re wondering, appears to be because the sense of the word ‘road’ was not coined until the late 16th century, after nearly all the thoroughfares in the ancient City had already been named.”
If you want to know more about the Bleeding London project and Geoff Nicholson’s book, which has inspired the project, take a look at www.bleedinglondon.co.uk
From my personal point of view this has been a really interesting and amazing project and I feel very privileged to have been part of it.
For the Square Mile, there’s a lot of streets. I must have walked the Square Mile several times over. But, it’s been worth it! I’ve enjoyed every moment and would do it all over again!
It might have been bright and sunny but it was sure as hell cold. After being out for about six hours, and despite the layers, I could no longer feel my feet and my hands were ready to drop off! It was a productive and rewarding trip though – another 72 streets ticked off. We’re getting there!
No wonder Inner Temple and Middle Temple had been left. From Embankment you can see in but the gates are all bolted and secure. So I walked round in the hope that the streets could be accessed via Fleet Street.
Having found Middle Temple Lane it didn’t look like I was going to get through. The double gates appeared securely locked, as did the single door. However, seeing someone walk through the door I quickly followed.
I have no idea whether I should have been there or not but all the streets within Middle Temple and Inner Temple were photographed. Hooray!
All in all, a good day’s work.
Time for a glass of red wine to warm up!
This trip for the RPS Bleeding London project was the first, and fortunately only one, that was briefly interrupted by the rain; but all was not lost. As I took shelter, it turned out I was strategically placed to photograph Bartholomew Lane – one on the list to photograph today.
It didn’t rain for long and soon the sun was out again. A good day’s photographing.
This is just a sample of what I took.
On one of my recent trips for the RPS Bleeding London Project I photographed Pindar Street and had planned to also take Pindar Passage and Pindar Plaza.
I found Pindar Street easily and then tried, unsuccessfully, to locate Pindar Passage and Pindar Plaza, which aren’t in the A-Z. I did find a reference to Pindar Plaza, which is now represented by a sketch of a face in bright coloured steel referenced as EYE-I by Bruce McLean, which is located at 199 Bishopsgate. It would be my guesstimate that both Pindar Plaza and Pindar Passage have been knocked down and incorporated into the Bishopsgate complex/Exchange Square.
I contacted Bruce Hunt (of The Hunt House) once more, who informed me that Pindar Street once ran all the way from where it is now, parallel with Primrose Street to Bishopsgate, at the site of Sir Paul Pindar’s house. He couldn’t find any old reference to a Pindar Passage or a Pindar Plaza, although he thought that these might well have been part of a pedestrian only link from Bishopsgate to Pindar Street and possibly the names were planned for the development but rejected by the Post Office as superfluous.
It would now seem that the once Pindar Passage and Pindar Plaza are part of this complex. However, if anyone else has another story, I would love to hear it.
For the Square Mile, there is a hell of a lot of streets.
I must have walked the Square Mile several times over.
But, it’s been worth it!
Another day in the City and I have been trying to locate Black Swan Alley. Despite looking at Google Maps, the A-Z and help from the City of London police and the Guildhall, I have been unable to locate it. I am beginning to think it no longer exists.
Not one to be beaten, after another final search, I found The Hunt House (“a site for people who love maps, books, London and history”). I contacted The Hunt House to see if they could help with the exact location of the alley. Bruce Hunt confirmed that Black Swan Alley could be seen on maps up until the 1970’s.
I followed the directions but when I reached the alley it was all boarded up, and this is all remains of Black Swan Alley.
If you want to know more about the Bleeding London project and Geoff Nicholson’s book, which has inspired the project, take a look at http://www.bleedinglondon.co.uk/
It is really interesting! I am very pleased to be involved. It’s an amazing project.
For someone who isn’t great with directions, and is not much better with map reading, I am doing ok!
I have been helped by the City of London Police, the occasional taxi driver, numerous security and delivery men. So a big thank you to all.
I am Definitely In –
I am very enthusiastic about this project and really pleased to be part of it! Is this a good time to admit I have a bad sense of direction!