This is an alley close to Liverpool Street station, and can be found next to St Botolph’s without Bishopsgate church, and while dating to roughly when the church was built, its notable history only starts in the 17th century.
Alderman’s Walk runs to the north side of the church, and ended in a large courtyard, originally known as Dashwood’s Walk, after the large house owned next to the site by Francis Dashwood, father of the more famous Sir Francis Dashwood. However, by the 19th century, the courtyard had gone, leaving just a fairly short alley that stopped just past the back of the church – and it had been renamed as Alderman’s Walk.
The courtyard was filled in with a large Victorian office block, also known as Dashwood House, and the alley stopped there, by a back door. It was also not pedestrianised at the time, so less a walk, than a road for delivery vans.
It remained like that right up to the 1970s, when a new office block was erected on the site. That opened up the space again, with a new smaller courtyard where the old large one had been, and for the first time, the walkway was extended all the way to Old Broad Street.
The recent refurbishment of the 1970s Dashwood House also saw a lingering chunk of the old pedway removed — it was added for the old building as part of a failed scheme by the City of London to link buildings by elevated walkways.
The alley today then runs right through the block, with a small side passage heading south to the churchyard.
That side alley has a row of very nice offset seating and planting that was added during the refurbishment of the office block. If you’re wondering about the wood slat clad building at the end blowing out warm air — it’s an electricity substation.
Although a small passageway to the north looks like its also part of the alley, it’s actually a lingering remnant of another unrelated alley, Hart Court, which was associated with a large coaching in on the site.
Location map and local interesting places
- 1] Alderman's Walk
- 2] Rose Alley, EC2
- 3] Barbon Alley, EC3
- 4] Catherine Wheel Alley, E1
- 5] Clerks Place
- 6] Swedeland Court
- 7] Cock Hill, E1
- 8] White Rose Court
- 9] Pinner's Passage
- 10] Parliament Court
- 11] Austin Friars Passage
- 12] Artillery Passage
- 13] Great Eastern Walkway
- 14] Sugar Bakers Court, EC3