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The Bleeding London Project – My Story Part 2

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!


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Bleeding London

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!



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