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 chanting the Lord's Prayer (Pater Noster being its opening line in Latin).

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.

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 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. 

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