No. 939: Fleet Street, EC4
St Dunstan-in-the-West, Fleet Street, London, EC4. Photo © Roger Dean 2013
Walks in and Around London, 3rd Edition – Uncle Jonathan, 1895:
Let us run up the broad flight of steps, and, turning our backs for a minute on the Royal Exchange, let us gaze on the remarkable scene in front. A wide stretch of pavement lies before us, and near the edge of this is a statue of the Duke of Wellington, cast from the metal of guns taken from the French in those old fighting days when the Duke was in his prime; while around its base several poor women are sitting, engaged in the peaceful occupation of arranging flowers into little bunches for gentlemen’s buttonholes. And beyond this is the great panorama of human heads, and busses, and cabs, and vehicles of all sorts, moving – always moving, like a swarm of busy bees in a glass hive, or like a stream of active ants, intent on their small but very particular business.
[ The coat of arms, in the photograph above, with its four bees and two scrolls can been seen on the exterior wall of St Dunstan-in-the-West, Fleet Street.
The full text from which the above excerpt was taken can be read at www.victorianlondon.org. R.D.]