Paternoster Row was a street in the City of London in which clergy of the medieval St Paul's Cathedral would walk while famously chanting the Lord's Prayer (Pater Noster being its opening line in Latin).
It was devastated by aerial bombardment during the Blitz of World War II, suffering particularly heavy damage in the night raid of 29–30 December 1940, later characterised as the Second Great Fire of London, during which an estimated 5 million books were lost in the fires caused by tens of thousands of dropped bombs. Prior to this destruction the area had been a centre of the London publishing trade, with booksellers operating from the street. Trübner & Co. was one of the publishing companies on Paternoster Row.
It was replaced with Paternoster Square, the modern home of the London Stock Exchange, although a City of London Corporation road sign still exists in the square near where Paternoster Row once stood.
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