The area around Leadenhall Market, London Location map
  View of Leadenhall Market, London, England   Around Leadenhall Market.

The market building has a number of different isles or arcades and there are a number of entrances. When it was built it covered a series of established rights of way which are perpetuated under its roof which explains the Market's crooked cruciform plan, and also its use as a thoroughfare by people who are not actually visiting the market.



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  Photograph of the Gherkin & the church of St. Andrew Undershaft, London, England   Around Leadenhall Market.

Just around the corner in Leadenhall Street is the church of St. Andrew Undershaft being rather dwarfed by the Gherkin aka 30, St. Mary Axe.

St. Andrew Undershaft is a rare example of a City church that has managed to escape both the Great Fire of London in 1666 and the Second World War bombing. The first church to occupy this site was certainly there by 1147 but that church was rebuilt in the 14th century and was replaced by the current church in 1532.


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  Photograph of another entrance to Gough Square, Fleet Street, London, England   Around Leadenhall Market.

On the other side of Gracechurch Street from Leadenhall Market is a maze of little alleys and this picture shows the junction between three of them, Bengal Court, George Yard and Castle Court, the opening to the right of Bengal Court. The public house, the George and Vulture, was built in 1746 although there has been an inn on the site since 1268.

The George and Vulture is mentioned at least 20 times in The Pickwick Papers, by Charles Dickens, who frequently drank there himself.

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  Photograph of the Royal Exchange, Cornhill, London, England   Around Leadenhall Market.

The Royal Exchange at the junction of Cornhill, on the left, and Threadneedle Street on the right. It was founded in 1565 to act as a centre of commerce for the city with the site being provided by the City of London Corporation and the Worshipful Company of Mercers.

The Royal Exchange opened in 1571 but was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. A second exchange was built in 1669 and was subsquently also destroyed by fire in 1838 after which the current building was erected. During the 17th century stockbrokers were not allowed in the Royal Exchange because of their rude manners so they had to operate from other establishments in the vicinity like Jonathan's Coffee House.

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  Photograph of the Mansion House, London, England   Around Leadenhall Market.

Just a few hundred yards from the Royal Exchange is the Mansion House which is the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London. It was built between 1739 and 1752 in the then fashionable Palladian style.



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