Esoteric London

No. 678: Fleet Street, EC4

Posted in Uncategorized by esotericlondon on October 3, 2012

Fleet Street, London, EC4. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

London by Day and Night – David W.Bartlett, 1852:

One morning while we were in London, the Queen and Prince Albert visited Madame Tassaud’s exhibition of waxwork, and orders were given, upon their entrance, to admit no visitors until their departure; but an original specimen of a Cheshire farmer, by some unaccountable means got in, and knowing nothing of the presence of royal visitors, walked leisurely up to the wax group of the royal family, before which stood the real Queen and Prince Albert. After gazing at the wax group for awhile, the honest old farmer turned to his neighbors, whom he supposed to be ordinary visitors, and said
‘Well, now, I doant think they be so very fine-looking after all – do you?’

[ The photograph above shows the Temple Bar Memorial. Erected in 1880 it marks the boundary between the City of London and the City of Westminster and replaces the Temple Bar, which performed the same job quite adequately from 1672 until 1878 when it was considered to be too much of a hinderance to traffic and was removed. Today it can be seen next to St Paul’s Cathedral forming one of the entrances to the Paternoster Square development. Whenever the sovereign visits the City the Lord Mayor offers the ceremonial sword at the Temple Bar Memorial outside the Royal Courts of Justice. The sword is taken and then immediately returned to the Lord Mayor thereby symbolising his authority within the boundary of the City of London. R.D.]