Paternoster Row

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A mounted officer of the City of London Police entering Paternoster Row in November 2004.

Paternoster Row was a street in the City of London in which clergy of the medieval St Paul's Cathedral would walk while famously praying the Lord's Prayer (Pater Noster being its opening line in Latin).[dubious ]

The area had been a centre of the London publishing trade,[1][2] with booksellers operating from the street.[3] Trübner & Co. was one of the publishing companies on Paternoster Row. The street 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 incendiary bombs.[4]

The street was replaced with Paternoster Square, the modern home of the London Stock Exchange, although a City of London Corporation road sign remains in the square near where Paternoster Row once stood.

Printers based in Paternoster Row[edit]

Others based in Paternoster Row[edit]

  • No. 60 - Friendly Female Society, "for indigent widows and single women of good character, entirely under the management of ladies."[7]

In popular culture[edit]

The Paternoster Gang are a trio of Victorian detectives aligned with the Doctor in the television series Doctor Who.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Publishing
  2. ^ James Raven. The business of books: booksellers and the English Book Trade. 2007
  3. ^ "Paternoster Row". Old and New London: Volume 1. 1878. pp. 274–281. 
  4. ^ "London Blitz — 29th December 1940". 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h The British Metropolis in 1851
  6. ^ The London catalogue of periodicals, newspapers and transactions of various societies with a list of metropolitan printing societies and clubs. Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans. 1856. p. 3, of wrapper. 
  7. ^ a b c John Feltham (1825). The picture of London, enlarged and improved (23rd ed.). Longman, Hust, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green. p. iv. 
  8. ^ Walter Thornbury, 'Paternoster Row', in Old and New London: Volume 1 (London, 1878), pp. 274-281 [accessed 10 December 2014].
  9. ^
  10. ^ a b Herbert Fry (1880), "Paternoster Row", London in 1880, London: David Bogue 

Further reading[edit]

  • John Wallis (1814), "Paternoster Row", London: being a complete guide to the British capital (4th ed.), London: Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, OCLC 35294736 
  • Henry Benjamin Wheatley (1891, 2011). "Paternoster Row". London Past and Present: Its History, Associations, and Traditions. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-108-02808-0.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

Coordinates: 51°30′53″N 0°5′53″W / 51.51472°N 0.09806°W / 51.51472; -0.09806