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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!