Saturday, 12 July 2014

Aldgate Pump, City of London c1912

Aldgate Pump, City of London circa 1912. This old postcard by an uncredited publisher shows the famous Aldgate Pump at the corner of Fenchurch Street (on the left) and Leadenhall Street (on the right). The postcard view shows St. Katherine Cree church, built c1638, one of the few City churches to survive the Great Fire in 1666. The church is still there but is difficult to see in the Street View image. If you move the Google Street View one step to the left you get a better likeness to the postcard, but the pump is completely obscured by a street sign. Leadenhall Street also contains the London Metal Exchange, Europe's last remaining open outcry financial exchange. Click the postcard to enlarge.

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  1. I like the postcard blown up, so I could get a better look at what the boys were up to! Nice day to out and about back then.

  2. I doubt there are many young boys hanging around the street corners today. The description of the Aldgate pump says that the ornamental carving at the top commemorates the last wolf shot in London. How long ago was that?

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