The Honourable Artillery Company

Walk south down City Road, past Bunhill Fields, and you will encounter, on your right, this forbidding building. The City shield and Royal Arms over the doorway testify to its importance, but the only clue to its purpose is given by two brass plates on the heavily guarded alley to its south which indicate that … Read More

Clere, Clair, Cleare or Clare Street…?

Uncovering the origins of this unusually named street in Shoreditch Clere Street is a turning off Tabernacle Street in Shoreditch, on the edge of the pre-1965 border between Finsbury and Shoreditch boroughs. It was previously called Paradise Street from c. 1792, then gained ‘Clere’ around 1938 when many London streets with confusing, duplicated and common … Read More