Devonshire Square, Spitalfields, London Location map
 
  View of one of the courtyards in Devonshire Square, London, England   Devonshire Square, Spitalfields.

Devonshire Square can be found by walking along New Street from Bishopsgate and where New Street bends sharp left go straight on into the alleyway opposite. This then leads into one of the enclosed courtyards which make up Devonshire Square.

This is that first courtyard.

 

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  View of the knight sculpture and a courtyard in Devonshire Square, Spitalfields, London, England   Devonshire Square, Spitalfields.

Following through that first courtyard and an alleyway leads into a series of four interlinked courtyards one of which is shown here including the sculpture of a knight on horseback.

 

 

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  Photograph of Devonshire Square and the Gherkin, Spitalfields, London, England   Devonshire Square, Spitalfields.

Looking south towards, and beyond, Cutler Street one can see the Gherkin.

 

 

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  Photograph of an old fire bell, Devonshire Square, Spitalfields, London, England   Devonshire Square, Spitalfields.

Devonshire Square is where the old East India Tea Company had their warehouses and when the buildings were redeveloped for modern use, they left the old fire bell and some of the other buildings as they had been in the 17th century.

 

 

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  Photograph of an old fire-mark, Devonshire Square, Spitalfields, London, England   Devonshire Square, Spitalfields.

In the late 17th century insurance companies began to spring up because of building fires, not the least of which was the Great Fire of London, and early fire brigades also began to appear.

This was followed in the early 18th century by the rise of fire marks. These were essential markers for the insurance companies and as soon as a premium was signed and a deal done, someone would go round and nail a fire mark to the front of the building to show that it was insured.

This is one such fire mark spotted high on a wall in Devonshire Square.

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