Queen Victoria Street, London

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Queen Victoria Street
Queen Victoria Street in 1989.jpg
Queen Victoria Street in 1989
Length 0.7 mi (1.1 km)
Location London, United Kingdom
West end New Bridge Street/Victoria Embankment
East end Mansion House Street/Bank junction

Queen Victoria Street, named after the British monarch who reigned from 1837 to 1901, is a street in the City of London which runs east by north from its junction with New Bridge Street and Victoria Embankment in Castle Baynard ward, along a section that divides the wards of Queenhithe and Bread Street, then lastly through the middle of Cordwainer ward, until it reaches Mansion House Street at Bank junction.

The road was commissioned in 1861[1] to streamline the approach to the central banking district, and provided for through the Metropolitan Improvement Act.[2] Costing over £1,000,000, it remains a flagship street within the 'Square Mile' financial district of the City of London.[3]

The nearest London Underground stations are Blackfriars (at its western junction with New Bridge Street), Mansion House (where it crosses Cannon Street), and Bank (near its eastern end).

Queen Victoria Street formed part of the marathon course of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The women's Olympic marathon took place on 5 August and the men's on 12 August. The four Paralympic marathons were held on 9 September.[4][5]

Notable buildings[edit]

Queen Victoria Street's eastern end pictured in 1955. The church of St Stephen Walbrook (right) is seen undergoing repair after damage in the Blitz.
The Salvation Army's headquarters.

The British and Foreign Bible Society was formerly located at No. 146 between 1868 and 1985. No. 146 is now occupied by the Church of Scientology of London.

A blue plaque on the Faraday Building on the north side marks the previous site of Doctors' Commons, demolished in 1867. Other notable sites on the north side of Queen Victoria Street include:

On the south side is St Benet Paul's Wharf church, at No. 135. Baynard House is also located on Queen Victoria Street.

Other streets linked to Queen Victoria Street include Puddle Dock, the Millennium Footbridge, Cannon Street, Walbrook and Poultry.

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Dictionary of London, Harben, H.A: London, Herbert Jenkins, 1922
  2. ^ "The Housing of the Working Classes in London" Porritt,E in Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Mar., 1895)
  3. ^ The City of London-a history Borer,M.I.C. : New York,D.McKay Co, 1978 ISBN 0-09-461880-1
  4. ^ http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/men-marathon/coursemap/
  5. ^ http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/women-marathon/coursemap/
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Coordinates: 51°30′43″N 0°06′00″W / 51.512°N 0.09993°W / 51.512; -0.09993