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  1. Between two bars: Art and architecture of Fleet Street
    Course start date:  Sun 2 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Marilyn Greene
    In 1878 the symbolic entrance to the City of London from Westminster, Temple Bar was taken down to allow greater traffic flow into the City. It was replaced by the Temple Bar Monument, a more subtle marker into the City. In this walk we trace the history of Fleet Street and some of the outlying courts and streets and discuss the institutions and professions that the street is symnominous with. We shall take a survey of the architecture and monuments of this conservation area. The walk ends at the entrance of Paternoster Square, where in 2004 the former, restored Temple Bar was re installed as its gateway.

    Meeting point - Bell Yard by telephone boxes, outside the Royal Courts of Justice junction with the Strand and Fleet Street; Ends Paternoster Square, City of London.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
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