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London’s Alleys: St Dunstan’s Court, EC4
London’s Alleys: St Dunstan’s Court, EC4

London’s Alleys: St Dunstan’s Court, EC4

This is a small alley and courtyard off Fleet Street probably more noticed today for the game of Space Invaders in the pavement.

Feb
07
Find the Fleet Street sundial
Find the Fleet Street sundial

Find the Fleet Street sundial

If you look up on the side of a building on Fleet Street you'll see what looks like a mural of old newspapers - but it's actually a sundial.

Dec
23
2021
The art deco former Daily Express building is to be redeveloped
The art deco former Daily Express building is to be redeveloped

The art deco former Daily Express building is to be redeveloped

A huge new building is set to loom over the famous art-deco former Daily Express offices on Fleet Street after planning permission was granted for the redevelopment of the River Court site behind it.

Oct
27
2021
London’s Alleys: Falcon Court, EC4
London’s Alleys: Falcon Court, EC4

London’s Alleys: Falcon Court, EC4

The court can be found just off Fleet Stree and is named after a medieval inn, The Falcon that used to be roughly where the courtyard is today.

May
03
2021
City of London plans to merge police and courthouses approved
City of London plans to merge police and courthouses approved

City of London plans to merge police and courthouses approved

Plans to demolish a block of offices in Fleet Street to be replaced by a new set of law courts and police station have been approved by the City of London.

Apr
23
2021
London’s Alleys: Primrose Hill, EC4
London’s Alleys: Primrose Hill, EC4

London’s Alleys: Primrose Hill, EC4

This alley is a lingering remnant of a much longer passage that used to run all the way up to Fleet Street.

Dec
07
2020
A typography library looking to digitise its collection
A typography library looking to digitise its collection

A typography library looking to digitise its collection

Fleet Street's St Bride Foundation, which cares for a collection covering print, design and typography has started a digitisation project in advance of its 125th anniversary.

Nov
09
2020
City of London outlines plans to merge police and courthouses
City of London outlines plans to merge police and courthouses

City of London outlines plans to merge police and courthouses

Fleet Street could soon get a large new legal quarter with an entire block given over to new courthouse and police headquarters if plans by the City of London go ahead.

Aug
06
2020
London’s Alleys: Poppin’s Court, EC4
London’s Alleys: Poppin’s Court, EC4

London’s Alleys: Poppin’s Court, EC4

This is an ancient lane that used to be much longer but was cut in half thanks to the rebuilding of Farringdon Street next door.

Jun
22
2020
London’s Alleys: Johnson’s Court, EC4
London’s Alleys: Johnson’s Court, EC4

London’s Alleys: Johnson’s Court, EC4

Long before Dr Johnson arrived, there was a Johnson's Court - a long alley that sliced between long deep buildings fronting onto Fleet Street.

Mar
09
2020
London’s Alleys: Cliffords Inn Passage, EC4
London’s Alleys: Cliffords Inn Passage, EC4

London’s Alleys: Cliffords Inn Passage, EC4

This is one of the oldest surviving alleys in London, emerging around Tudor times when the area along Chancery Lane was first starting to be developed from fields.

Feb
24
2020
London’s Alleys: Hare Place, EC4
London’s Alleys: Hare Place, EC4

London’s Alleys: Hare Place, EC4

What looks like a short gap under some shops is an alley that used to be so much longer than it is today.

Sep
23
2019
London’s Alleys: Cheshire Court, EC4
London’s Alleys: Cheshire Court, EC4

London’s Alleys: Cheshire Court, EC4

This short narrow alley off Fleet Street has seen some of the most famous names in history walk down it's narrow path, for there's a pub door down here that's legendary.

May
06
2019
London’s Alleys: Harp Alley, EC4
London’s Alleys: Harp Alley, EC4

London’s Alleys: Harp Alley, EC4

This is a fairly wide modern looking alley just off Fleet Street that follows a path which is traceable back to Tudor times.

Apr
08
2019
London’s Alleys: Hen and Chicken Court, EC4
London’s Alleys: Hen and Chicken Court, EC4

London’s Alleys: Hen and Chicken Court, EC4

This modest and in its own way pleasant little back alley is notable not just for its curious name, but for being associated with the infamous Demon Barber, Sweeney Todd.

Apr
23
2018
London’s Alleys – Crane Court, EC4
London’s Alleys – Crane Court, EC4

London’s Alleys – Crane Court, EC4

This rather modern looking and uninspiring alley near Fleet Street is however steeped in history, science and political intrigue.

Jan
01
2018
The little noticed frieze on Temple Bar Monument
The little noticed frieze on Temple Bar Monument

The little noticed frieze on Temple Bar Monument

Where once a mighty stone gate stood baring the entrance to the City of London now stands a tall ornate monument.

Sep
30
2014
Finally getting inside St Dunstan-in-the-West
Finally getting inside St Dunstan-in-the-West

Finally getting inside St Dunstan-in-the-West

There is a very distinctive church frontage almost next to the Royal Court of Justice on Fleet Street that I have wanted to peer inside for years, but every time I walked past, the doors have been firmly closed.

Aug
06
2012
Photos of the Early Printing Presses at Fleet Street
Photos of the Early Printing Presses at Fleet Street

Photos of the Early Printing Presses at Fleet Street

Fleet Street may have been known as the traditional heart of London’s newspapers, but in fact, many of the newspapers were situated not on Fleet Street proper, but on side streets around it. One such property was the Associated Newspapers

Dec
12
2010

The underground crypt in the City of London

Lurking in a tiny side alley on  a small side street near Fleet Street in the City of London lies one of the city’s less well known bits of heritage – the remains of the Whitefriar’s Crypt. To find the

Dec
07
2010
Pictures of the Digging of the Fleet Sewer
Pictures of the Digging of the Fleet Sewer

Pictures of the Digging of the Fleet Sewer

Another extract from my collection of the Illustrated London News of 1845 – this time a short item on the enlargement of the earlier sewer system running under Fleet Street. As subterranean structures are a long running passion of mine,

Apr
16
2010
The Royal Courts of Justice
The Royal Courts of Justice

The Royal Courts of Justice

As part of this weekend’s Temple Open Weekend – it turned out that the Royal Courts of Justice – just on the other side of the road – were also opened up, as it was here that they were holding

Jan
19
2008

Temple Open Weekend – Visit the home of the Da Vinci Code

This year is the 400th anniversary of the founding of Temple in Fleet Street as a center for the legal profession – when in 1608, King James 1 granted land and buildings in The Temple, including the church to the

Jan
12
2008