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Around Billingsgate

October 3, 2022
by the gentle author

Tickets are available for my Spitalfields tour throughout October & November



Fish Porters at Number One Snack Bar next to St Magnus the Martyr

These intriguing photographs are selected from a cache of transparencies of unknown origin acquired by the Bishopsgate Institute. We believe they date from the nineteen-sixties but the photographer is unidentified. Can anyone tell us more?

Looking west along Lower Thames St and Monument St

Sign outside St Mary-At-Hill

Pushing barrows of ice up Lovat Lane

Passage next to St Mary-At-Hill

Carved mice on a building in Eastcheap

Old shop in Eastcheap

Billingsgate Market cat

Inside the fish market designed by Horace Jones

Old staircase near Billingsgate

The Coal Exchange, built 1847 demolished 1962

Part of London Bridge crossing Lower Thames St, now removed

The Old Wine Shades, Martin Lane

Sign of a Waterman, now in Museum of London

In All Hallows Lane

Derelict site next to Cannon St Station

Looking towards Bankside Power Station by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, now Tate Modern

Old Blackfriars Station

The Blackfriar pub

Sculptures upon the Blackfriar

Sunrise over Tower Bridge

Images courtesy Bishopsgate Institute

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6 Responses leave one →
  1. October 3, 2022

    What a pity some of these buidings and sites no longer exist.

  2. October 3, 2022

    GA, we just did a bit of snooping and found out that the Blackfriar Pub was in danger of being demolished in the 1960s, but was saved. Looking at photos of the current exterior and interior (online), we can’t wait to visit. Let’s meet up, and we’re treating.

    Hip hip hooray!

  3. Adele Lester permalink
    October 3, 2022

    Criminal that a building like the old Coal Exchange was demolished! Great photos.

  4. Mary permalink
    October 3, 2022

    I am sure the Billingsgate moggy had plenty of “fishees on little dishees”.

  5. Mark permalink
    October 3, 2022

    Vibrant and lovely.
    Many of them reminiscent of the great Charles Cushman.
    Thanks for showing.

  6. Penny Gardner permalink
    October 3, 2022

    My Great Grandad was in Bilingsgate Fish Porter .
    Richard Gardner
    They called him ‘Fishy Dick’.
    He emigrated to North Ontario for a better life .

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