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, with booksellers operating from the street. 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.
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
- No. 1 - J Van Voorst (1851)
- No. 2 - Orr and Co. (1851)
- No. 12 - Trubner and Co (1856)
- No. 15 - Bagster and Sons (1825) (1851)
- No. 33 - Hamilton and Co. (1851)
- No. 37 - Blackwood and Sons, (1851)
- No. 39 - Longman, Hust, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green (1825), later Longman and Co. (1851)
- No. 56 - The Religious Tract Society (1851)
- No. 60 - The Sunday School Union (1851)
- Oxford University Press - Bible warehouse destroyed by fire in 1822, rebuilt c. 1880.
- Sampson Low (after 1887)
- Thomas Nelson
Others based in Paternoster Row
- No. 60 - Friendly Female Society, "for indigent widows and single women of good character, entirely under the management of ladies."
In popular culture
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- John Feltham (1825). The picture of London, enlarged and improved (23rd ed.). Longman, Hust, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green. p. iv.
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- 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:
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