Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London & Warehouses

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.

No.23 Eastcheap, Spice Warehouse

No.23 Eastcheap, Spice Warehouse

Nos.33-35 Eastcheap was built in 1868 as the London depot of Hill & Evans, vinegar-makers from Worcestershire.

Nos.33-35 Eastcheap

Nos.33-35 Eastcheap

And this section of Eastcheap, with Victorian buildings.

Eastcheap

Eastcheap

These might have been mid-1800s warehouses on Queen Street, but I am not sure.

Warehouses on Queen Street?

Warehouses on Queen Street?

Pevsner told me that one last working warehouse remained on the Thames but this was all I found.

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and nearby

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As I walked back to Cannon Street station, frozen with the cold, I passed The Cleary Gardens, off Queen Victoria Street.

Moss & Lichen

Moss & Lichen

Viburnum Tinus

Viburnum Tinus

There is ongoing life, despite the bitter cold

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