I was worried that although Bradshaw told me I would easily identify warehouses around Queen Street, Thames Street, and Eastcheap by the activity around them I was not easily able to do so.
I wondered if Pevsner would be able to help, and returned to London.
The ‘..warehouses and industrial premises [were cleared] by bombing N and S of St Paul’s, and by post-war redevelopment along the river and elsewhere. As a result two important types are now almost extinct: the bonded warehouses of the foreshore, and the monster textile warehouses around Wood Street and St Paul’s Churchyard…’. My Pevsner was published in 1997 and there has been yet more redevelopment. However, I was able to identify some interesting buildings, and others are on my list as I follow Bradshaw into other parts of the City.
No.23 Eastcheap was built in 1861-2 as offices and warehousing for Messrs Hunt & Crombie, spice merchants. The ground and first floors, used for display, were decorated; upper floors were plainer.
Nos.33-35 Eastcheap was built in 1868 as the London depot of Hill & Evans, vinegar-makers from Worcestershire.
And this section of Eastcheap, with Victorian buildings.
These might have been mid-1800s warehouses on Queen Street, but I am not sure.
Pevsner told me that one last working warehouse remained on the Thames but this was all I found.
As I walked back to Cannon Street station, frozen with the cold, I passed The Cleary Gardens, off Queen Victoria Street.
There is ongoing life, despite the bitter cold
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