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Tuesday 23rd April 2019, a Gang of Four walk in the City of London from Bank to Farringdon in sunny weather

Our location log

The Bank of England

The Royal Exchange

The way in

The Trading Floor

Only 195

Way out

Royal Exchange History

Threadneedle Street

Paul Julius Reuter

George Peabody, American Philanthropist

Bank of England Museum

Machine to produce "uncopiable" patterns for bank notes

Are you strong enough to lift this gold bar?

Worth over 361,000

 

Enlarges

Manufacturing a pound coin

Modern Currency Notes

A caryatid

Gold Store

William Pitt the Younger

Salvaging the Caryatids from the old building

On the north-western corner of the Bank of England, Herbert Baker placed a shallow, copper-roofed dome. On top of the cupola surmounting this dome is a gilded bronze figure called Ariel, after the spirit of the air in The Tempest but male not female by Charles Wheeler.

I think it must have been removed!

The Cupolar

Tender Loving Care

Angel Court

Threadneedle Walk

"The City Wing" in bronze by Christopher Le Brun

The "Euphorium" for coffee

Bowler Hats (It is in the City)

Bankers at their break outside the cafe

J Lyons & Co Throgmorton Restaurant

  

Angel Court

Throgmorton Street.

J Lyons and Co

The LEO I (Lyons electronic office I) was the first computer used for commercial business applications. The prototype was modelled closely on the Cambridge EDSAC

 

This hat is too heavy!

An Austin Friar?

Off home

The Dutch Church, Austin Friars

Given by the Carpenters Company

The Organ

Overshadowed

Back door? to the Carpenters Ha

 William and Mary

Throgmorton Avenue.

We saw the George Dance obelisk in Circus Place which is actually a ventilator shaft as well. It is to honour the architect, George Dance who, as the City Surveyor, laid out the Finsbury Estate as a residential suburb, 1775-1800. He was the first to introduce formal, planned crescents and circuses to London.

Finsbury Circus.

 

Services Corridor

St Mary's Church, Moorfields, Eldon Street

Four Chefs

Backpacker hostel

Green glass, Chiswell St

The Honourable Artillery Company, a "Trained band" that is now a posh TA unit

Could it snap off?

Man and wife

Doormen at The Brewery Hotel

Rat

Chick

HAC Badge

Only I can get away with parking here!

The Artillery Arms for lunch. A Fullers pub

Bunhill Fields Burial Ground is the last final resting place for an estimated 120,000 bodies. The site has a long history as a burial ground, but is most significant for its Nonconformist connections.

These date from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries with the burial of prominent people including William Blake, Daniel Defoe, John Bunyan and Susannah Wesley.

 

Picnic Lunch in Bunhill Fields cemetery

Bluebells

John Bunyan

A beggar 

Two Brewers pub

A low doorway

A Junction Box

Brazil Flavour

Large Street Art by Connor Harrington

Burritos in Whitecross Street market which is largely food stalls

Michael turns his back

The Whitecross Street Party celebrates street art every year on about 18th July when street artists produce works to a set theme and have a party

 

Lunch Break in front of the mural

"I shoot humans"

Octopuses

Banner Street

Little Sheep

Sporting heroes Street Art

Ape takes a Selfie

Tailor's shop

Dolls House?

Old Street

Wolves

"London Lowdown"

Shyguy

Royall Mayall by Paul "Don" Smith

Shiny Bike

"Mizz Twisted"

Door

Sperm? by Urban Solid

Medical Symbol

"Gold Smelters" in Portland stone by J Daymond & Son salvaged from the old Barbican estate

Plumbing

Barbican

Charterhouse

On the Rookery Hotel, Peter's Lane

Books bound here

White Horse Alley

The start of the walk....

...and the finish

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