Cheapside in London, things to discover

It is on this route that leads to St Paul’s Cathedral that an important mediaeval market could be found; in fact, the word chepe means “market” in Old English. Westcheap was the name given to one of London’s markets at the time, while Eastcheap, which was home to another market, was located near London Bridge.

It is possible to observe that the streets adjacent, which have names such as Bread Street, Milk Street, and Poultry Lane, were in reality where the various guilds or guilds of arts and crafts were located if you have a look about.

It is also located in Cheapside, London, and is known as the Church of St Mary-le-Bow, which is so well-known that people who were born after hearing its bells were referred to as “Cockneys.” During the Middle Ages, in front of the church , there was a fountain where public executions were frequently performed.

In Cheapside, there was also a very busy pillory, and you have to think that the location played an essential role in the lives of the people of mediaeval London. In reality, a large number of tournaments were staged at this location.

In addition, Edward I had a massive cross erected at the location in Cheapside where the coffin of his wife Eleonora came to stop (like the one outside Charing Cross Station known as Eleanor Cross). It remained embellished with images of saints and popes for over four centuries until demolished in 1643 because it was considered too superstitious.

The building on the junction of Cheapside and Ironmonger Lane where the famous Thomas Becket was slain in Canterbury Cathedral lived.


Cheapside in London had a crucial role in the development of the city’s history.
After being nearly totally destroyed by the Great Fire of London, Cheapside was subsequently rebuilt by the great architect Christopher Wren. St Mary Le  Bow was one of the churches that was destroyed by the Great Fire of London. It was later damaged once again during World War II, and then reconstructed after that.

Later, Cheapside developed into a shopping street, and by the 1800s, it was one of the most popular shopping destinations in London.

The area around Cheapside in London has been called or described by a large number of authors, including Jane Austen, Shakespeare, and Charles Dickens. In the words of the latter, it is the busiest street on the planet..

Cheapside has since lost a lot of its allure, as it no longer features a market, a pillory, tournaments, or even a street where you can go for some retail therapy. There are several nameless buildings with various offices scattered around the area that was almost entirely damaged by the bombs of World War II.

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