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 London which runs east by north from its junction with New Bridge Street and Victoria Embankment in the Castle Baynard ward of the City of London, 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. Beyond Bank junction, the street continues north-east as Threadneedle Street which joins Bishopsgate.

The road was commissioned in 1861[1] to streamline the approach to the central business district, and was provided for through the Metropolitan Improvement Act.[2] Costing over £1,000,000, it remains a flagship street within the City.[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.[4][5]

Notable buildings[edit]

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

The British and Foreign Bible Society was formerly located at No. 146 from 1868 and 1985. That address 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 the 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, 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