Gresham Street

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Gresham Street
Gresham Street - Milk Street, EC2 - geograph.org.uk - 1096753.jpg
At the junction of Gresham Street and Milk Street
Length 0.3 mi[1] (0.5 km)
Location London, United Kingdom
East end Lothbury/Moorgate
West end St. Martin's Le Grand
Construction
Inauguration By 1896

Gresham Street is a street in the City of London named after the English merchant and financier Thomas Gresham.

It runs from the junction of Lothbury and Moorgate at its eastern end, to St. Martin's Le Grand in the west. Gresham Street was created between 1881-1895 by widening and amalgamating Cateaton Street, Maiden Lane, St. Anne's Lane and Lad Lane.[2]

The nearest London Underground stations are St. Paul's, which can be reached via St. Martin's Le Grand to the south from its western end, and Bank, via Princes Street, a short distance to the south from its eastern end.

Overview[edit]

A famous coaching inn called the Swan With Two Necks once stood on the former Lad Lane, at the junction of Gresham Street with Milk Street – one of the historic side-streets which leads off to the south towards Cheapside.[3] Other ancient side-roads leading towards Cheapside are Foster Lane, Gutter Lane, Ironmonger Lane, and Old Jewry. Leading north off Gresham Street are Noble Street, Staining Lane, Aldermanbury, Basinghall Street and Coleman Street. Wood Street, home to the City of London Police headquarters, crosses Gresham Street and leads both north and south.

There is a memorial garden on the site of St. Mary Aldermanbury, a Christopher Wren church, that, following damage in the Blitz, was dismantled and rebuilt in Fulton, Missouri. Near the Guildhall—perhaps Gresham Street's most notable site—is the church of St. Lawrence Jewry, also by Wren.

Gresham Street is home to the Lloyds Banking Group's headquarters and also to Schroders, the Association of British Insurers, Investec, Alliance Trust and Rensburg Sheppards.

It formed part of the marathon course of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.[4][5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Driving directions to Gresham St". Google. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert (1983) The London Encyclopedia: 338
  3. ^ Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert (1983) The London Encyclopedia: 851
  4. ^ http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/men-marathon/coursemap/
  5. ^ http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/women-marathon/coursemap/

Coordinates: 51°30′55″N 0°05′36″W / 51.51537°N 0.09321°W / 51.51537; -0.09321