Fenchurch Street

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Midway down Fenchurch Street, looking west.

Fenchurch Street is a street in the City of London linking Aldgate at its eastern end with Lombard Street and Gracechurch Street to the west. To the south of Fenchurch Street and towards its eastern end is Fenchurch Street railway station, a mainline railway terminus with services towards east London and Essex.

Streetscape[edit]

Fenchurch Street is home to a number of shops, pubs and offices, including Plantation Place and 20 Fenchurch Street which is being rebuilt as a new 525 ft tall skyscraper, due for completion in 2014.

Located at No. 71 is Lloyd's Register of Shipping, where the annual journal Lloyd's Registry was previously published. The frontage on Fenchurch Street was built in 1901 by Thomas Edward Collcutt and is a Grade II* listed building.[1] The more modern building behind was designed by Richard Rogers and towers over it. This was completed in 1999 and became a RIBA award-winner in 2002.

At the street's eastern end and junction with Aldgate is the Aldgate Pump, a historic water pump which has been designated a Grade II listed structure. Further west, Fenchurch Street's junction with Lime Street was formerly the location of a Christopher Wren church, St. Dionis Backchurch. First built in the 13th century dedicated to the patron saint of France, it was destroyed during the Great Fire of London in 1666, later rebuilt by Wren, and then demolished in 1878.[2]

Nearby, the church of St. Gabriel Fenchurch also stood on Fenchurch Street at its junction with Cullum Street. A blue plaque outside Plantation Place marks the site opposite where the church once stood before its destruction in the Great Fire.

The western portion of Fenchurch Street formed part of the marathon course of the 2012 Olympic Games. The women's Olympic marathon took place on 5 August and the men's on 12 August.[3][4]

The nearest London Underground stations are Aldgate (just beyond the eastern end of the street), Tower Hill (to the southeast) and Monument (to the west); Fenchurch Street railway station has no direct Underground connection. The entire length of the road is served by London Buses route 40. The postcode for the street is EC3M.

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Coordinates: 51°30′43″N 0°4′50.8″W / 51.51194°N 0.080778°W / 51.51194; -0.080778