Paleolithic rock shelter.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

City of London Recce

The Shard,you will become familiar with this,I'm sure.

This clock is correct twice a day.

Thos gold things are artichokes not peanuts

William Pepys,who wrote his diary in code,and was Clerk of the Acts of the Royal navy (and a womaniser,who went blind.)

The entrance to St Olave's church where Pepys and his wife are buried

Owing to the large number of plague victims,the graveyard is elevated relative to the church.The church was badly damaged by the Luftwaffe,and rebuilt.

The Ship(and Shovel originally)Where sea coal was weighed by the shovel load,and taxed,the tax paid for St Paul's Cathedral to be built.

A sign that saturday night went well.

30 St Mary's Axe was called the Swiss Re building and is also called the Gherkin
unusually,the windows open

One is advised not to plant trees this close to a building

Stock Exchange,the cabins with round windows are the Kharzies

The building opp the stock exchange.
Ray,think what a wonderful picture this would have made if I had excluded the scaffolding on the left.

Leadenhall market 3 times a week.

The george and Vulture established 1600
The George and Vulture, Castle Court, City of London EC3 is where Dickens’ Mr. Pickwick held court in the after hours during his hearing and where Charles himself was known to be a regular diner.

The Jamaica Wine House in St Michael's alley , you will be pleased to know is a Shepherd Neame pub.
From the above pub wall,Britains first coffee house where trade was conducted,coffee was free.

Royal Exchange John Gresham :Gresham's law is an economic  principle that states: "When a government compulsorily overvalues one type of money and undervalues another, the undervalued money will leave the country or disappear from circulation into hoards, while the overvalued money will flood into circulation."[ It is commonly stated as: "Bad money drives out good", but is more accurately stated: "Bad money drives out good if their exchange rate is set by   law.Something topical here?

Peabody who made housing available to the poor with Peabody's buildings that still exist.

The Old Lady of Threadneedle street.
"Its a 12 storey crisis with a magnificent entrance hall,carpeting throughout,24 hour porterage,and an enormous sign on the roof saying,This is a Large Crisis"

My Dad ,having served 21 years with the colours,was trusted to look after this,the largest,oldest and richest City Livery Company ,The Mercers Hall,at weekends.

The Guildhall,that I looked around last time I was here.

The Millenium bridge,I was here earlier ,on the day it opened,(10 June 2000)
but 20' was still missing from the end,so the two female assistant scientific officers(EMR)and I were unable to christen it.

That's a crane sticking out the side.

Someone trying to catch Weil's disease.Can you spot the giant Malteser?

Before you ask "Hence Hope Shines Forth"
Worshipful Company of Innholders.

Cloak (Cloaca)lane, Cloaca being a sewer outfall!

A 2 hour walk around the City with a blue badge guide,whom I was able to update on a couple of facts(no I'm not joking)would I lie to you?
I missed the train back by 4 minutes ,so had a sandwich and coffee down by the Thames in the sunshine.On returning home I sat in my garden with  feet in a bowl of hot water,and a cold beer in my hand.


  1. Venturing up the Smoke now I see :-) Brought back a few memories of when I used to work up there. Used to take a lunch time stroll around the Monument, Threadneedle St, Guildhall etc.

    Sorry my expected next post about bare knuckle boxing got changed into Richborough Power Station but thought that was more topical.


  2. Hi Glen
    One of ours is reading a book about the city and has insisted we do a walk up there.
    So I thought a recce was a good idea.The train actually went to Cannon Street for once,a 5 minute walk took me to the RV.I also worked in London in the late 60's in Victoria street
    and would stand outside 10 downing street as part of my lunchtime walk,emulating a sheep.